Teacher’s dog ‘sniffed out’ her lung cancer

by Bronwyn Hall

A 60 year old teacher has told how her German Shepherd, Inca, sniffed out her lung cancer.

Colleen Ferguson – who is a non smoker – told The Mirror that she was surprised to find that Inca kept sniffing her breath. Colleen, a special needs teacher, said ‘Inca would just stop completely still and focus on my breath and sit there sniffing, waiting for the out breath. I knew she wasn’t begging for food or anything and dogs could detect health problems. I wondered if I might be pre-diabetic and she was picking up the smell of ketones, so I booked a health MOT.’

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It was just weeks later that Colleen was given the devastating news that the scans had found a golf ball¬†sized tumour in her lung. A biopsy was organised and confirmed the tumour was cancerous. Colleen went to Guy’s Hospital in London where she had the lump and half her lung removed earlier this month and is now recovering well.



She said ‘It was stage one cancer, but if it hadn’t been for Inca who knows what could have happened. She saved my life. The doctors are all amazed at what she did. She was even mentioned in my medical notes.’

Colleen is now considering offering Inca’s services as a medical detection dog.

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