Man’s Best Friend

| January / February 2003

Cornell University is looking to pets as a way to track cancer risks in humans. The university’s Comparative Cancer Program and Center for the Environment is asking veterinarians in two nearby counties to report cancers diagnosed in pets so researchers can compile a geographic database that may provide clues to the environmental causes of human cancers. “We’re beginning to realize that cancer in companion animals may provide a vastly underutilized resource for cancer risk assessment in humans,” Rodney Page, director of the program told the Cornell Chronicle (June 27, 2002).