Meet Flo the ‘wonder pug’

Από την/τον Christina Politi | 31 Ιουλίου 2013

Dog who sniffed out owner’s breast cancer!

Marian Cooper was alerted to a cancerous tumor after her dog kept nudging her right breast. She received treatment and is now cancer-free.

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PIC BY DAN JAMES / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED Marian Cooper with her wonder pug, Flo) - Meet Flo the wonder pug – the dog that sniffed out her owner’s breast cancer. Marian Cooper, 57, runs a rescue centre in Birmingham and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 - thanks to her six-year-old pug, Flo. The dog persistently nudged Marian’s right breast until she checked herself out and discovered a lump. Marian was given the all-clear just before Christmas 2012. SEE CATERS COPY *** Local Caption *** PIC BY DAN JAMES / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED Marian Cooper with her wonder pug, Flo) - Meet Flo the wonder pug – the dog that sniffed out her owner’s breast cancer. Marian Cooper, 57, runs a rescue centre in Birmingham and was diagnosed with breast cance

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Marian Cooper credits her six-year-old pug Flo with saving her life by alerting her to a cancerous tumor she wouldn’t otherwise have noticed.

An animal rescue worker received a rescue of her own when her dog alerted her to a cancerous growth in her breast.

Marian Cooper, 57, knew something was up when her six-year-old pug, Flo, kept repeatedly nudging her right breast.

The Birmingham, UK, woman performed a self-exam and realized she had a lump.

She received medical attention and was declared cancer-free in December.

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“Flo kept nudging me and digging at me — no matter how many times I put her on the floor she would always climb back up,” Cooper said.

Flo suffers from a heart condition and was adopted by Cooper, who runs an animal rescue center, at age 4.

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Flo suffers from a heart condition and was adopted by Cooper, who runs an animal rescue center, at age 4.

“I thought she was just being annoying, but without her I’d probably be dead.

“The lump was so deep I wouldn’t ever have found it without Flo the wonder pug.”

Doctors told Cooper she had a grade 3 malignant tumor. At this stage, tumors are expected to grow rapidly, spreading the cancer faster. But her tumor was discovered in time for it to be successfully removed.

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Flo isn’t the only pooch to help sniff out disease. Cancer-sniffing canines are a growing area of medical research.

Scientists around the world have studied dogs’ ability to detect bladder cancer from urine samples, and lung and ovarian cancers from sniffing a person’s breath, to name a few examples.

Flo 'can't understand what she's done for me,' said Cooper -- but she did treat her pup to a big, juicy steak after returning home from the hospital.

Flo ‘can’t understand what she’s done for me,’ said Cooper — but she did treat her pup to a big, juicy steak after returning home from the hospital.

In a 2011 Japanese study, a black Labrador was able to sniff out colorectal cancer with 98 percent accuracy — a better rate than common medical tests.

Cooper maintains she would never have found the lump without her dog’s help.

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“I tried using the flat of my hand like the doctors say, but I couldn’t find anything,” she said. “I only found the lump when I really poked around.”

Cooper, who runs The Animal House Rescue Center in Birmingham, took in Flo when the dog was four years old. Once a breeding dog, she now suffers from a heart condition.

“I try not to give her any special treatment, but I did buy her a huge steak the day I got back from hospital – it was doctor’s orders.

“She can’t understand what she’s done for me. It’s incredible. I don’t know how she found the cancer but I can never thank her enough.”

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Christina Politi

Christina Politi

Η Χριστίνα είναι δημοσιογράφος (υπήρξε και punKοσμικογράφος) έκανε περάσματα από την τηλεόραση, πολλές συνεντεύξεις, σχόλια, αμπελοφιλοσόφησε, έζησε ωραίες εποχές, ταξίδεψε πολύ, άκουσε πολλή μουσική, είδε θέατρο και κυρίως κινηματογράφο μανιωδώς, συνεργάστηκε σχεδόν με όλα τα περιοδικά και τηλεοπτικά κανάλια, έστησε το Cosmopoliti (παρατσούκλι από το γραφείο), έβαλε νερό στο κρασί της, το φιλοσόφησε και παραμένει αισιόδοξη. Είναι μητέρα δύο παιδιών και σκυλιών ράτσας pug.

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