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Life-saving Cancer Detection Dog Awarded Blue Cross Medal

20 November 2014

UK - A dog responsible for saving hundreds of lives by sniffing out cancer has been awarded the Blue Cross Medal.

Ten-year-old Labrador, Daisy, who is trained by charity Medical Detection Dogs, was awarded the Blue Cross Medal for her pioneering work in the field of cancer detection, where she has sniffed over 6,500 samples and detected over 550 cases of cancer.

As well as using her acute sense of smell to pick out chemicals given off in cancer cells in samples of a patient’s breath, skin or urine, Daisy also helped detect breast cancer in her owner, Claire, in 2009.

Dr Claire Guest, Daisy’s owner and Chief Executive of Medical Detection Dogs, explains: “Daisy kept nuzzling and pawing at my chest one day, which really alarmed me.Photo of Dr Claire Guest with Blue Cross Medal winning dog Daisy

“I got it checked out and was told I had early stage breast cancer.

“Fortunately I was able to have it removed but if it wasn’t for Daisy it would have gone undetected for much longer and could have been more serious.”

Daisy is just one of many heroic pets to have received a Blue Cross Medal since the charity was founded in 1897.

They include a cat named Jim who in 1942 saved the lives of his family by alerting them to a house fire, and a Metropolitan Police dog called Jake who received the medal in 2007 after he cleared the scene at the Tavistock Square bus bombing and helped paramedics get access to the injured.

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