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Dogs can be trained to detect human diseases. The majority of people surveyed are comfortable with having dogs examine human samples. Trained dogs have a 93% reliability rating in detecting prostate cancer vs the 60% reliability rating of machines that are currently being developed to complete the same task. The potential for dog detection of diseases deserves greater attention and investment.

Key Takeaways:

  • A poll has revealed that the majority of the British public support the use of trained dogs in the detection of human diseases.
  • Nearly seven in 10 people (69 per cent) agreed that more resources should be allocated to advancing research into using dogs’ sense of smell to help early diagnosis of human diseases.
  • In prostate cancer detection, machines being developed to replace existing tests are only 60 per cent reliable, whereas Medical Detection Dogs have achieved a reliability of 93 per cent in training trials.

“Dogs are able to smell one part per trillion, the equivalent of one teaspoon of sugar in two Olympic-sized swimming pools.”

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