Foundation works to find common links in cancer between dogs, people

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The relationship between man and dog dates back before recorded history. And now there’s a medical relationship to consider.

We share a lot in common. We're both pack animals, we both hunt, love to play and, unfortunately, we both suffer the same types of cancer.

"Dogs get breast cancer, brain cancer, lymphoma and melanoma. So, 2 million dogs, our foundation, our charter mission is, why?" Pondering that question is founder of 2 million dogs Luke Robinson.

The relatively new study of canine cancer as it relates to humans is called comparative oncology. "To try to discover that common link in cancer between pets and people," says Robinson.

2 million dogs founder Luke Robinson says studying this mysterious connection will benefit both man and dog. "I truly believe that dogs, our canine counter parts, hold the key to the mystery of cancer."

Breast cancer survivor Wendy England says her dog Daisy, a Rottweiler and Sheppard mix, was aware of Wendy's cancer before Wendy was diagnosed.

"On the side I had my tumor Daisy would flail and pull away. But on the side that I didn't, nothing. And I consistently did that until I had my surgery."

After surgery, Daisy showed no reaction whatsoever to Wendy and Wendy knew she was cancer free. Her doctor confirmed that at a later exam.

"I think they, (dogs), hold the key. And in all respects dogs, we know, can sense cancer in humans. It makes absolute sense," said Robinson. Robinson hopes to someday unlock this medical mystery between dog, and his best friend, man.