Published On: Wed, Feb 13th, 2019

Israeli Startup Using Dr. Dog to Early Detect Cancer

Prognose 220 Mil startup is using trained dogs to sniff saliva samples to Detect Cancer in an early stage.

Over the years there have been many anecdotal reports suggesting that dogs have the ability to sniff out cancer, based on the tumor’s odor. An initial study published in 2015 showed specially trained dogs can detect prostate tumors in urine in 93% of cases.

Now, an Israeli startup, Prognose 220 Mil, trains canines to locate early signs of cancer. Dog Prognose laboratory allows the public to send a sample of saliva in a small plastic container, via messenger, to let dr. dog give an immediate answer as to whether you have cancer. If the dog sits down after sniffing the sample, it means: Go for a checkup. The test costs 400 NIS (about $100)

According to Ynet News, a woman, Yael Dror Alon, tested positive by a dog, despite doctors found her healthy. She is now undergoing treatment for cancer at Tel Hashomer Medical Center. Alon has decided to embark on a fundraising venture to provide access to the test for anyone in need.

Canines include all 36 living species of foxes, wolves, jackals, and other members of the dog family. They are highly intelligent and easily trained, and were the first animals to be domesticated.

Stephanie Herfel of Milwaukee Wisconsin feels that Sierra, her Siberian husky saved her life on multiple occasions. The first time was in 2013 when Sierra starts smelling her’s stomach multiple times where she had been experiencing pain.

Although Stephanie’s gynecologist discovered an ovarian cyst, the dog was still acting strange and she decided to seek a second opinion.

After a few weeks, it was discovered that she had an advanced stage of ovarian cancer. Stephanie underwent a hysterectomy and chemotherapy.

In subsequent years Sierra again acted strangely. When she returned to her doctor she discovered that cancer returned, first in her liver then her pelvis.

In the UK, Daisy, a pioneer dog in sniffing out cancer cells in breath and urine samples, detected also her owner’s breast cancer in its early stages.  Daisy worked for “Medical Detection Dogs” was able to identify 500 cases of cancer, and smell 6,500 samples. In 2014, Daisy was awarded the centenary edition of the Blue Cross medal for saving hundreds of lives. She passed away last year.


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