You may think he’s just being annoying when your dog tries to sniff your crotch, but in reality, he’s merely checking your health.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Highly-trained dogs are able to detect prostate cancer in urine with 98 percent accuracy, according to a study presented May 18 at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association in Orlando.
“This study gives us a standardized method of diagnosis that is reproducible, low cost and non-invasive,” said lead author Dr. Gianluigi Taverna, chief of the prostatic diseases unit at the Humanitas Research Hospital in Milan, Italy.
“Using dogs to recognize prostate cancer might help reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies and better pinpoint patients at high risk for the disease,” he told Reuters Health in an email.
Yeah boy! Anything that reduces biopsies gets my vote; those things are beyond unpleasant anyway, but even worse for prostate patients. Dogs are also being investigated as tools for sniffing out other forms of cancer, including even mesothelioma.
Your dog wants steak. And an office with a bed.