Cancer detection dog with white stripe on face looking into camera

Sniffing out cancer

Cancer detection dogs Ozzy in a red working jacket
Cancer detection dogs like Ozzy can tell us so much with the right tools

Dogs have always been our best friends. Now, by tapping into their natural abilities, we’re discovering exactly how much they know about us. Take their sense of smell: dogs trained to sniff out cancer cells in humans are up to 90% reliable, more than any other method, but there’s so much more that their cold wet noses could tell us. 

This thinking underpins our Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) project led by Dr Clara Mancini. Her team are working on a ‘canine communication interface’ that displays the world from an animal’s point of view. It’s already revealed that the stronger the pressure of a dog’s nose against a sample, the surer the dog is in detecting cancer cells.    With your support, we can understand even more and push early detection rates higher. When half of us will develop cancer at some point in our lives, this has never been more vital.

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