SNIFFER dogs could help in the fight against cancer says a Warwick charity which is helping with research.
The Graham Fulford Charitable Trust (GFCT) has helped carry out over 46,000 PSA blood tests all over the country leading to nearly 900 prostate cancer finds.
And now the charity has teamed-up with Milton Keynes-based medicaldetectiondogs.org uk to provide urine samples from men having a PSA test at their Warwick events to help train dogs in their work.
Men attending GFCT testing sessions held in Warwick on the third Thursday of each month are being asked to donate a urine sample to help train dogs.
Mr Fulford – who founded the trust a decade ago to promote awareness of prostate cancer following the death of a close friend and a family member – said: “We’re delighted to be able to help accelerate medicaldetectiondogs.org uk’s dog training programme by supplying them urine samples from men having a PSA test.
“We’re particularly keen to see whether there is any link between raised PSA scores and their findings.
“Whilst volunteers will not receive any direct feedback from the programme, I am confident it will help accelerate what might prove to be groundbreaking work”
Mr Fulford urged men attending sessions to help with the potentially life-saving work of medicaldetectiondogs.org uk.
“We’ve had 30 to 35 men at our last couple of sessions and whilst we were delighted that 27 out of 29 men asked to give a urine sample at our May event willingly did so, we’d love to get this figure up to 50 a month or so – so please come along if your aged 40 or over and bring a friend.
“Whilst we need to ask for a donation of £10 or so towards the £15 cost of the PSA cost all other costs of the training initiative are covered by medicaldetectiondogs.”
The next testing session is at the Nelson Club in Charles Street between 6.30pm and 8.45pm on Thursday July 16.
They are drop in clinics and there is no need to book but further information is available by calling 07831 156071.
Sniffer dogs from medicaldetectiondogs.org uk helping in the fight against cancer are being backed by the Warwick-based Graham Fulford Charitable Trust. (s)