Woman says her dog sniffed out her ovarian cancer 4 times

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Woman's dog sniffs out her ovarian cancer at least three times
This woman credits her Husky Sierra for diagnosing her ovarian cancer at least three separate times.

MADISON, Wisconsin -- A woman who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer multiple times credits her Husky named "Sierra" for sniffing it out each time.

Stephanie Herfel says six years ago Sierra got upset after putting her nose on her belly.

"She came up and put her nose on my belly, which I dismissed," Stephanie said.

A few days later, Stephanie found her dog in a back closet, visibly upset.

"(She was) curled up in a little ball with her nose under her tail. Her little face was completely wet and her eyebrows were crunched," Stephanie said.

With Sierra acting strange and after a few stomach aches, Stephanie took a leap of faith and went to the doctor, where she found out she had stage 3 ovarian cancer.

After six months, Stephanie's cancer went into remission, but three more times the cancer returned and each time Sierra detected it.

"(I was) just going through my head, 'Sierra was telling me. Sierra was telling me,'" Stephanie said.

A study by "Experimental Biology" found a dog's smell is 10,000 times more accurate than humans. The dogs were put to the test and sniffed out blood samples in cancer patients, with their noses getting it right about 97 percent of the time.

"I didn't think she was crazy at all. I said, 'Probably your dog was picking up that you weren't feeling okay,'" Stephanie's oncologist Dr. David Kushner said.