This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. A company in Manatee County is training dogs to sniff out cancer!
The company is called BioScentDX, and they're in Myakka City. The dogs came from a breeder in Arkansas.
After seeing how dogs had been trained to detect bombs and drugs, the company's founders wondered if they could be trained to sense whether or not someone had cancer. Sure enough, they can! Dogs have 300 million smell receptors -- compared to the five million receptors humans have -- and they're helping in a big way.
Some of the dogs are trained in a general way -- and are able to sense the most common cancers, while other dogs are trained specifically on breast and lung cancers.
And, amazingly, these dogs end up being accurate 99 percent of the time. That's better than many of the modern imaging equipment used by doctors. Dogs saving lives = awesome!
Another little tidbit about BioScentDX: the lead researcher/founder is a female! Woo!