Real Name: Duane Pickel
Occupation: Dog Trainer
Place Of Birth: Unrevealed
Date Of Birth:
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Background: Duane Pickel has been training dogs professionally since the Vietnam War; starting in 1994, he began to train his dogs to sniff out cancer cells such as melanoma. Dogs have previously been used by police departments to sniff for and find illegal drugs. Duane placed melanoma cells inside plastic tubes and had one of his dogs, George, try and find the tube that had the cells in it; George was successful almost every time. Duane then had a woman place bandages over moles on her body. Once again, George was able to locate the melanoma cells.
Duane's partner, Glenda Manuci, brought her cancer-sniffing dog, Breeze, to do similar tests. Both Breeze and George detected melanoma with the same patient on a particular spot. This mole was tested and eventually came back positive for melanoma.
More recently, however, they are being used by doctors in order to help sniff out cancer a full two years before a human doctor could be able to diagnose it. The American Cancer Society has become involved in the project. However, nobody knows why these "cancer dogs" have this remarkable ability.
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Notes: The case was featured as a part of the February 7, 1997 episode.