Pine Street

Pine Street is an American non-profit foundation. Founded in 1989, the Foundation’s mission is to help people with cancer reach more informed treatment decisions through education and research. This is accomplished through meta-analysis of medical literature from around the globe and through the conduct of innovative clinical trials.

In terms of Human-Animal research, The Pine Street Foundation is increasingly involved with efforts to research the relationship between human forms of cancer and dogs’ abilities to detect the disease. Recent studies by the foundation have discovered that dogs may be able to detect cancer by smelling a patient’s breath. The foundation’s initial study concluded that domestic dogs are able to distinguish between lung or breast cancer patients and healthy subjects after just a few weeks training.
Canines’ sense of smell is generally 10,000 to 100,000 times superior to that of humans. Although it is not clear what makes dogs good smellers, they have a greater convergence of neurons from the nose to the brain than humans do. Moreover, the dog brain is more devoted to the sense of smell than the human brain. The work of the foundation highlights, with considerable weight, that dogs may become an indispensable part of the early cancer screening process.

Approximately 7.6 million people die of cancer each year. (* Statistics from The American Cancer Society). Therefore, the groundbreaking work and identification of the Pine Street Foundation is invaluable. In light of this, the relationship between dogs and humans is a reality, which needs to be explored and investigated in order to further our knowledge of cancer.

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