Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Man's best friend! A melanoma screening tool???

A screening test I can really get behind!!!

Dogs'olfactory diagnostics applied on human species: state of the art and clinical perspectives.  Clin Ter. 2016 Jul-Aug.  Palmieri, Nardo, Lippi, et al. 

Dogs' smell ability is about 10000-100000 more developed than humans' one. Dogs smell is usually exploited in forensic medicine, to find missing people and specific substances showing peculiar sensorial features. In clinic, there is the possibility to take advantage of dogs smell, which are conveniently trained, for the screening of cancers and other diseases. The common feature is the presence of molecules in organic samples that may be considered as biomarkers of a specific pathology. In cancer, scientific evidences exist about screening of melanoma, lung, breast, rectum, ovarian, prostate and bladder cancer. Instead, other pathologies manifest the presence of organic volatile compounds in biologic materials, such as spit, feces and urine that may be studied by dogs smell in order to identify the presence of a specific disease. This review shows the state of the art of actual dogs' olfactory ability based on scientific principles and the advantages and the disadvantages of this method. The authors also reveal some potential pathologies joined by the presence of organic volatile compounds, which may be investigated by dogs smell.

The Karm!!

Ruff Ruff....from day 1!

 Gotta love the pups!!!  Would that it could be this easy! - c

1 comment:

  1. I love this! When I had my melanoma growing on my leg (I didn't know what it was at the time) my dog, Cooper, would constantly sniff at it, try to lick it, and rest his head on it. He's never done that with any other moles or skin lesions and hasn't done it since it was removed. I think back on it now, did he know?!