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In veterinary medicine, research has established many breed-related predispositions for cancer. Some are certainly stronger than others, however, all of the breeds in this guide have shown to be at increased risk for the cancers listed beside them. Please use this resource to increase your awareness of the types of cancers that are associated with individual dog breeds.
A mixed breed dog is assumed to be at increased risk for developing cancers related to the parents' breeds.
Consider this information a tool that aids in early cancer detection (you know what to look for) and decreases the chance of experiencing cancer at all (by avoiding risk factors associated with specific cancers or choosing to adopt a breed less likely to develop cancer).
I hope you find this guide very helpful.
Lori Cesario, DVM DACVIM (Oncology)
Introduction to cancer
by Sarah Sheafor, DVM, DACVIM,
Depending upon the grade, stage and type of cancer, your team will recommend one or a combination of treatment options. Multiple treatment options that combine surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are the rule rather than the exception. This is because the treatment of cancer in animals has become as sophisticated and successful as the treatment of cancer in humans.
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