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Cat 1, Lung Cancer 0 - Cat Finds Owner's Lung Cancer

Monday February 16, 2009

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but a special cat named “Tiger” is the true hero for Calgary resident Lionel Adams.

In an article published in the Calgary Sun, Adams shares how his cat made him aware of his lung cancer, resulting in an early diagnosis. Apparently Tiger began a habit of dragging his paw over the left side of Adam’s chest, prompting him to consult his family doctor. Thankfully, his physician was humble enough to give credence to the cat’s input, and ordered a chest x-ray. Doctors were able to successfully remove the cancer.

Studies are being done with dogs, testing their ability to “sniff out” lung cancer, but until this is proven or disproven, what does that mean for us today?

A lesson we can learn from Adams, is to listen to our bodies when something seems different. Has that “allergy cough” changed, or persisted after the ragweed has frozen? Could that shortness of breath after climbing stairs be more than a reminder that you are slacking on your exercise program? Is that tired feeling really related to menopause alone?

The earlier lung cancer is diagnosed, the better the chances of survival, but sadly, only 20-30% of people are diagnosed with stage 1 or stage 2 disease. With lung cancer being the leading cause of cancer deaths for both women and men, and many of these "cases" occurring in those who never smoked, it can’t hurt to review the symptoms of lung cancer often.

Symptoms of Lung Cancer

And, for those of you that are at an increased risk of lung cancer, due to smoking, radon exposure, occupational exposures, or a family history of lung cancer, talk with your physician about lung cancer screening

Lung Cancer Screening – Issues to Consider

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