Beagles able to correctly detect lung cancer 96% of the time, study finds

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Let’s get this out of the way at the start, dogs are awesome!

Those who are leading the fight against cancer have found another tool to help.

It involves man’s best friend, researches and some training. 

According to NBC News, “researchers were able to train beagles how to distinguish between normal blood samples from malignant lung cancer samples.”

After the training, NBC News said beagles were able to help fight cancer in this way:  

  • Three of the dogs were able to identify the lung cancer samples correctly over 96% of the time  
  • When it came to normal samples, the canines had an accuracy rate of over 97%

Only one puppy did not smell anything and researches pointed out that the beagle was not motivated to perform the task.

NBC News said, “the company behind the study plans to conduct another study in the fall focusing on breast cancer.”  

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