Dog detects owner's cancer

A dog in Newark has turned doctor and detected its owner's breast cancer.

Life-saving pooch

A woman has described her pet dog as her guardian angel after she sniffed out a cancer tumour growing in her breast. Sharon Rawlinson from Newark only went to see her GP after her Cavalier King Charles spaniel refused to stop pawing at her. James Webster's been to meet them.

Video: Dog sniffs out his owner's breast cancer

A woman has described her pet dog as her guardian angel after she sniffed out a cancer tumour growing in her breast. Sharon Rawlinson from Newark only went to see her GP after her Cavalier King Charles spaniel refused to stop pawing at her.

Now the 43 year old is in the middle of her treatment and is thanking the animal for potentially saving her life. James Webster's been to meet them:

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Breast care charity urges more women to check their breasts regularly

A charity that works with women who have breast cancer says it is important women regularly check themselves for signs of anything unusual.

This is an incredible story. We occasionally hear of other breast cancer patients having had a similar experience but this is extremely rare. As Sharon says, the most important thing is for anyone experiencing an unusual change to see a doctor as soon as possible. Knowing what is normal for you and checking your breasts on a regular basis is the most important way any woman can help protect herself.

– Breast Cancer Care spokesperson

Owner: Penny was the dog I should never have had but now she has saved my life

Sharon Rawlinson says that her beloved Cavalier King Charles' spaniel Penny was the dog she should never have had. Her husband Brian originally said she couldn't have another dog, but then bought Penny as a Christmas surprise.

Sharon says that dogs are often described as man's best friend but in this case, after sniffing out her cancer, Penny is definitely a girl's best friend instead.

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Dog sniffs out owner's cancer

Sharon Rawlinson and Penny
Sharon Rawlinson and Penny Credit: ITV Calendar

Sharon Rawlinson from Newark has described her pet dog as a guardian angel after it sniffed out a cancerous lump.

Sharon only went to the doctor because her King Charles spaniel had been nuzzling the area where the tumour was growing.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer.