A medal for Daisy, Labrador that has detected more than 500 cancer cases
5 years ago, Daisy Labrador saved the life of his mistress . The animal has indeed detected something abnormal in the chest of Claire Guest. It was a cancerous cyst. Today, the one who will be forever grateful for her leads the Medical Detection Dogs association she founded to train dogs to sniff out various human diseases.
Claire, a Briton from Bedfordshire County , is an animal behavior specialist, and she trained her dog Daisy to use her sense of smell for medical purposes , convinced that dogs could be used to detect human diseases - such as diabetes and cancer.
Cured by her
As she tells Telegraph , one August afternoon in 2009, Claire took Daisy and her two other dogs on a ride. "I opened the trunk of the car, and the other two jumped - but Daisy sat looking at me." The dog began to sniff the chest of his mistress insistently. A very strange behavior that sparkled Claire's ear.
And her doubts were soon confirmed by a doctor who discovered a cyst on her left breast, exactly where the bitch had put in evidence. A mammogram and a biopsy later, Claire learned that she had breast cancer.
"The surgeon said I was incredibly lucky to be diagnosed so soon," she says. Thanks to Daisy, she was able to be treated very early and is now cured.
Fascinated by animals and the benefits they can have on our health, Claire has teamed up with Dr. John Church, an orthopedic surgeon retired. This man had published an article in The Lancet claiming that dogs were able to detect bladder cancer by sniffing urine.
"It was a revelation"
With a team researchers then conducted a study that was published in 2004 by the British Medical Journal .
"This was the first publication in the world showing, without a doubt, that dogs could smell cancer and cancer smelled. It was a revelation , says Claire, who, four years later, created a training center in Milton Keynes with her team.
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More than 500 cases of cancer detected by Daisy
Claire's charity has launched a large program at the Buckinghamshire NHS Trust Hospital where she works, involving some 1,500 patients. At first cautious about the skepticism surrounding this discovery, Claire is now overflowing with enthusiasm and hope. " This information can save lives, we have a duty to try," she says.
From the top of her 10-year spring, her dog will soon be well-deservedly retired. Daisy sniffed some 6,500 samples and diagnosed more than 500 cases of cancers. A true heroine who has just been awarded the Blue Cross medal.
Her mistress is obviously very proud of her 4-legged companion. "I adopted her when she was 8 weeks old, she was always like a best friend, she was a little puppy, trotting next to me, looking all over her, just like she does today. She's a very sweet soul, unique , "she says, adding:" I'm worried about her gray hairs - it's so sad: whatever you do, a dog will never live as well long as you. But he taught me more than I could imagine."