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Ovarian Cancer, Dr. Jennifer Ashton

Woman's foster dog has a part-time job learning to sniff out cancer

Woman's foster dog has a part-time job learning to sniff out cancer


Woman's foster dog has a part-time job learning to sniff out cancer

Anna Sharova is the foster mom of a 2-year-old German Shepherd named Ivey who, like any other dog, loves to play, go on walks and lounge around the house. The rest of the time, though, Ivey is on the job at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. When she&

When she's there, Ivey is training to sniff out cancer.

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"If we can help recognize [ovarian] cancer early, we will save lives," said Otto.

But while dogs are doing this groundbreaking work, don't expect to see dogs in your doctor's office anytime soon. The goal of the research is to identify the cancer compounds that dogs can smell — which current technology can't detect — and then creating new technology around that, Ashton said. There are no screening tests and no obvious symptoms for ovarian cancer, so it is usually diagnosed late.

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