Skip to comments.Dog Saved Owner's Life By Detecting Breast Cancer That Mammogram Missed (Video)
Posted on 04/04/2014 2:50:53 PM PDT by nickcarraway
When Maureen Burns 9-year-old dog, Max, started to act strangely, she worried that her beloved pet was sick. Turns out that Burns herself was illand Max knew it.
In a video shared by BBC Earth, Burns describes the odd signs that Max started to exhibit.
"The odd signs were when he would come up and touch my breast with his nose, and back off so desperately unhappy with such a sad look in his eyes," Burns said in the video.
It turns out that Burns had a lump in her breast, undetected by her last mammogram. She then decided to get another scan and mammogram, thinking there might be a connection with her pets behavior. Those also came back negative.
BBC reports that dogs can smell the chemicals given off by cancerous tumors. In fact, according to an InSitu study, dogs are 88 percent specific and 99 percent sensitive when it comes to detecting lung and breast cancer in the early stages, just by smelling a patient's breath.
Burns is now cancer free after an operation to remove the tumorand Max knows it.
"He put his nose across my breast to check where the operation had been and was wagging his tail and his eyes were happy," Burns said in the video. "I love Max and I owe him so much."
Wow. Cool story. Dogs are amazing. Cats have been know to do similar type things also.
Now being offered “Bark-O-Grams” I can’t guarantee that they will be more accurate, but they will for damn sure be less unpleasant!
This happened to my sister,her Doberman ,kept nudging her breast, very strange behavior. She had cancer, over twenty years ago, she felt the lump where he was nudging her. Listen to your pooch!
Wow! Who’s a good boy?!
Let’s see, nuzzle the breast, back off and look terribly sad.
Got it. I’ll try that tonight.
good one, made me laugh.
It is interesting how dogs know a lot of things, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard of these things.
thanks, great story. :-)
Once again, a dog turns out ot be a guardian angel. God put dogs on this earth for a purpose.
Dogs love you. Cats are simply waiting for the day they can drag your dead corpse off for dinner.