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Ovarian Cancer: Dogs May Help to Develop a Blood Test


Dogs may save women from ovarian cancer and other types of cancer as well. In this WGN Plus podcast, listen to Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness (OCSA) Cofounder and Executive Director Vallie Szymanski and board member Dr. Kurt Kleptisch discuss how their support of cancer sniffing dogs at the University of Pennsylvania College Veterinary Medicine is on the verge of making it possible to develop an easy blood test to find cancers.

Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness executive director Vallie Szymanski and Board Member Dr. Kurt Kleptisch

Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness executive director Vallie Szymanski and Board Member Dr. Kurt Kleptisch

It turns out that dogs can be trained to efficiently detect ovarian cancer. The next step will determine which chemical changes the dogs are identifying. Apparently from there a blood test isn’t too difficult to create.Pet expert Steve Dale writes about dog roles in solving ovarian cancer, Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness

Seeing the prospect of this research, legendary pet writer/author/speaker, Darlene Arden, CABC, created a fund in her name shortly before she succumbed to ovarian cancer earlier this year. The fund is called the Darlene Arden Veterinary Outreach Program Fund.

Darlene Arden

Darlene Arden

My hope is that fans of Darlene’s (she had many within the industry) and anyone who knows someone who has suffered from ovarian cancer will give something to help this cause. We’re not talking science fiction; this is real and within the realm of possibility. However, dollars are always needed to support research.

In this podcast, we also talk about the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer that all women should know.





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