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Meet the Military Dogs Who Can Sniff out Prostate Cancer

Dogs have always had a special sense of smell that’s far better than that of humans.

That’s why canines are used to help detect drugs and in other law enforcement operations.

Italian scientists have found that dogs can sniff out prostate cancer in urine with 98 percent accuracy.

“Using dogs to recognize prostate cancer might help reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies and better pinpoint patients at high risk for the disease,” lead author Dr. Gianluigi Taverna, chief of the prostatic diseases unit at the Humanitas Research Hospital in Milan, Italy, told Reuters.

While dogs have a high detection rate, doctors are still crucial in analyzing other information such as tumor stage and size.