IT’S time to stop being disturbed when your dog tries to sniff you in your special place. Turns out he’s making sure you don’t have cancer.

 

Japanese researchers have just released a study claiming that dogs can sniff out colon cancer on the breath of patients.

 

Apparently this is old news as they already knew that dogs can help detect melanoma, bladder, lung, ovarian, and breast cancer all by sniffing people’s breath.

 

Here we were thinking they couldn’t even smell our stash if it was inside a sock inside a shoe inside a sweater inside the suitcase.

 

Shit.

 

The reports claim that a black lab sniffed 33 breath samples from patients with colon cancer and 132 samples from healthy controls and was told to sit in front of the patients who had cancer. 91 percent of the time the dog got it right.

 

The success rate rose to 97 percent when the dog took a wiff of some runny cancer stools. The other methods of testing have a success rate of just 70 percent.

 

So, it seems we were wrong about a few things. Sometimes the Japanese really are using animals for medical testing.