Research could lead to new cancer assay, aid both dogs and humans

Veterinary researchers have identified a unique group of proteins that indicate the presence of transitional cell carcinoma — the most common cause of bladder cancer — and may lead to a new assay which could better diagnose this disease in both dogs and humans. Bladder cancer is particularly common in some dog breeds, such as collies, sheepdogs and terriers, but is rarely diagnosed in animals before it has spread significantly. Some assays exist to detect it in humans, but they often have a high-number of false-positive identifications.

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