The amazing story of a dog credited with discovering his owner’s brain c*ncer before he did so stunned the internet.
Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, Mia shared her story on the r / TrueOffMyChest Reddit forum on Tuesday, where she received thousands of votes and hundreds of comments.
She explained how the Jack Russell Terrier Sox found c*ncer in his dad before the family knew anything about it.
One day, Sox and the family’s other dog started licking the side of Mia’s dad’s head. Whenever they had the opportunity, they would rush to lick his head intensely in a very specific place.
The licking continued for about two years and the family was so used to it that they stopped noticing.
Mia’s dad ran marathons and had recurring pain in his leg. He put it aside for muscle aches until he collapsed one day. When he was examined by a doctor who couldn’t find anything physically wrong with his leg, Mia’s dad was referred to a neurologist who found a c*ncerous tumor.
The tumor was exactly where the dogs were licking.
The theory that dogs can detect c*ncer has been studied for decades after it first appeared in 1989, when an article in the British medical journal The Lancet described the case of a woman concerned about a mole whose dog would constantly sniff and try to bite. The mole turned out to be malignant melanoma.
In recent years, research has shown how trained dogs can identify c*ncer in some cases. Researchers have noted evidence that dogs detect tumors in urine and breath samples of patients with bladder c*ncer, lung c*ncer, ovarian and colon c*ncer.
While scientists have yet to discover the chemical analysis that makes dogs’ c*ncer biomarkers identify in breath, sweat, or urine, it is suggested that if found, it might be possible to develop a computerized screening system with the same sensitivity and more. . precision.
Mia said Newsweek: “Sox has been licking Dad’s head for over two years, nonstop whenever the opportunity presents itself. She went behind his head, sometimes put her paw on his shoulder and licked the side of his head – a tumor was found on the same side.
After the diagnosis, the doctors operated on a brain tumor, and after the surgery, Sox never licked Mia’s dad’s head again.
“We didn’t really know that dogs could detect something as serious as c*ncer,” said Mia. “I was so young I just thought he was trying to nurture him.”
Five years after diagnosis, no new c*ncer has been found since treatment, but unfortunately Mia’s dad was diagnosed with motor neuron disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
ALS is a rare condition that affects the brain and nerves throughout the body, causing weakness that worsens over time. Without treatment, ALS can shorten life significantly and ultimately lead to d*ath.
“My dad is incurable, he’s quite sick, has spasticity in his hands and slurred speech,” said Mia. “He can’t walk very well and now he is in a wheelchair. He is an amazing man and an even better father. “
Since her diagnosis of ALS, Mia says the Sox remains “his father’s most loyal and supportive best friend” and rarely leaves the owner site.
Baffled by this story, Reddit users shared their reactions to the post, and many of them shared similar stories from their dogs, which helped them make a diagnosis. One commentator said, “Our dog knew my mother had colon c*ncer before anyone else. He began to lie next to her every day and put his head on her stomach. “
Another Redditor wrote: “This is what happened to us with my mom! One day one of our Germans [shepherds] I started nudging my mom’s left breast with my nose and trying to lick the area, it was a brand new behavior for him that scared my mom because he was pushy and purposeful so she went and did a mammogram: they found the spot that ended up being 2cm [one inch] tumor. Some dogs do seem to have this sixth sense. “
“Dogs are our angels,” said another commentator, and one response was, “Sox sounds like a really special lady!” I’m so glad your dad has her for a friend.
“She wakes up every morning and begs you to come inside my daddy,” Mia explained, “[She] does not walk away from it until it comes downstairs, where it immediately enters protection mode. Sox is a very good girl. “
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