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Pet owner says cat detected her breast cancer

Sure, they may claw at your furniture, hide from the vacuum cleaner and be duped by a piece of string - but sometimes you've got to admit - cats know breast.

Though Winnepeg, Manitoba resident Judy Danchura would usually opt to consult a physician about a serious medical problem, last June she deferred to the judgment of her cat Sumo, who she credits with detecting her breast cancer and saving her life, People Pets reports.

At about 3 a.m. on Sumo's first night in his new home, the friendly feline jumped into bed with his new owner, and stepped on the side of Danchura's breast, where Danchura said she felt a sharp pain and a lump.

It had been 9 years since the woman's last mammogram and, alarmed by the pain, the pet owner immediately consulted her doctors, who eventually confirmed that the lump was cancerous.

Now taking a regimen of medication and receiving radiation therapy, Danchura has about a 95 percent chance of survival, doctors say.

She told the WISH-TV, "I know I certainly would be far worse off [without Sumo.] I would probably be having to take chemotherapy, that's for sure. I don't know what my chances would have been without him."ADNFCR-2796-ID-19659935-ADNFCR
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