New Cancer Detection Could Be A Game Changer

Breathe into a mask and dogs can accurately detect if you have cancer

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
June 28, 2019 - 12:49 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Imagine being able to breathe into a surgical mask for around three to five minutes and find out if you have cancer.

Dr. Thomas Quinn from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine told Wendy and Marty with the help of cancer-sniffing dogs it is a reality.

Quinn tells KDKA Radio the detection has many advantages and that it is cheaper, safer and more accurate than standard screenings.

A person breathes into a mask, sends it into the lab and gets the results back for only $50.

The dogs can detect many different forms of cancer including lung, colorectal, breast and others.

Dogs can are able to detect the cancer with a 97 percent accuracy rating compared to a chest x-ray that is 87 percent accurate.

Quinn says these are still preliminary studies and “what we have to now take is larger studies to really make this evidence based medicine, but our preliminary studies are extremely exciting.”

Quinn says they use dogs in the scent hound group and that when it came to detecting breast cancer, four of their dogs were 100 percent accurate.

Listen to the entire conversation with Dr. Quinn regarding this news that could potentially save you money and more importantly, save your life.

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