According to a new study, trained dogs can detect cancer with nearly 97 percent accuracy by sniffing blood samples.
The firm now believes believe canine scent detection can be used to develop a non-invasive way of screening for cancer.
They also hope to determine the biologic compounds the dogs detect and then design cancer-screening tests based on those compounds.
Heather Junqueira, the leading researcher of the study, said that a sensitive test to detect cancer could save thousands of lives and that such a method could change the method of treatment for the disease.
Janqueira and her team taught four beagles to distinguish between healthy blood samples and those from patients with malignant lung cancer.
Lead author Heather Junqueira said: 'Although there is now no cure for cancer, early detection offers the best hope of survival. One of the beagles, called Snuggles, unfortunately, was unwilling to learn.
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Dogs are known to have smell receptors which are 10,000 time more accurate than that of humans'.
However, the other three dogs did take part.
Junqueira will present this research at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting during the 2019 Experimental Biology meeting to be held April 6-9 in Orlando, Fla.
In many of these studies, what was especially impressive was the fact that the dogs could detect cancer while it was still in its very early stages, which could make them even more useful than lab testing when it comes to detection.
And cancer isn't the only disease that dogs can assist in detecting.
The researchers now plan to carry out a follow-up study to understand exactly which chemical components the dogs are smelling to detect cancer.
The discovery emerged just ten days after a separate study found dogs can accurately detect a telltale scent linked to epileptic seizures, suggesting they could be trained to reliably warn owners when a seizure is imminent.