why medical detection dogs?
Cancer is the second leading cause of death and statistics show that one in three people will get some form of cancer. The earlier we find cancer, the rate of survival increases significantly and that is the best available “cure” we have today. We do not have any tests that detects cancer early enough for a high survival rate, and most cancers have no screening tests at all. In addition, the tests we currently have often give a high number of false positives, or subject people to radiation, unnecessary biopsies or surgeries and stress.
There is an urgent need for a
low-cost, non-invasive, highly accurate screening test for cancer
what’s the answer?
We have an answer right in many of our own homes- DOGS.
Dogs have demonstrated amazing ability and accuracy to detect cancer and other diseases at earlier stages than any current diagnostic medical tests we have to date. Dogs have been proven in over 500 studies to date to be more sensitive and more specific than any current diagnostic machine. The potential for dogs to contribute to a medical diagnostic system is indisputable. The time to begin using our oldest and most trusted collaborators, the dog, is now.
The In Situ Foundation (www.dogsdetectcancer.org) is at the forefront of this science, pioneering the way to a better diagnostic test for cancer. They have developed the scientific protocols needed to train medical scent detection dogs and their handlers. They have also created a certification program for dog trainers to gain this crucial skill using these protocols.
Finding cancer at an early stage is the best cure we have to date.
In November of 2016, I traveled to California where the In Situ Foundation is based and I participated in this intensive 6-day course. Along with becoming certified to train medical detection dogs, this program prepared me to approach, engage and collaborate with local medical establishments and present potential research initiatives to medical professionals and universities to be able to conduct clinical trials in this budding yet vital field that can help save lives.
Cancer has always been in my life in one way or anther- not only from losing two dear cats and two wonderful dogs to this disease, but my mother passed away from cancer when I was 10 years old. Seeing her go in and out of the hospital, losing her hair from the chemotherapy and getting weaker and weaker over the course of six months was very hard on my family. I could not imagine what she went through in those last few months of her short life.
Cancer treatments have come a long way since then, but being able to help at least one person not have to go through that would be worth it.
Our goal is to be able to save thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of lives, by creating a form of screening for cancer that is low cost, non-invasive, highly accurate and indisputable.
We would like to use rescued/shelter dogs in our program whenever possible. By training these dogs to detect cancer, we will be saving their lives as well.
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