How studying cancer in animals is helping to develop treatments for cancer in humans

(ORDO NEWS) — One of the methods that help in the study of ways to fight cancer can be the analysis of oncological diseases in animals.

According to Rodney Lee Page, professor of oncology at Colorado State University (USA), by studying cancer in cats and dogs, we can get closer to developing effective treatments for human cancer. There are many reasons why dogs and cats are taken for research.

One of them is that the DNA of dogs and domestic cats is approximately 85 percent identical to human DNA. They are also subject to approximately the same diseases as humans.

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The study of diseases in cats and dogs can reduce the time to obtain data on these diseases by decades. For example, it takes 10-15 years to collect such information about pets, and 60-100 years about people.

Cause cancer in dogs and cats the same factors as in humans. Also, scientists have long discovered the similarity of mutations and biological changes in humans and dogs with melanoma. lymphoma, lung cancer. Many experts believe that data on the condition of dogs will allow the development of effective ways to treat people.

In addition, tobacco smoke can cause cancer in cats, dogs, and humans. The study of methods to reduce the exposure of animals to smoke will allow the development of similar strategies for humans.

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