Mum, 50, diagnosed with breast cancer after her lifesaver dog sniffed it out

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Trisha Allison, 50, was laying on the couch and watching TV one morning, when her dog, Luna, jumped on her, catching her right breast in the process.

The two-year-old border collie and greyhound cross then kept sniffing and nudging at her chest, and laying next to her, which was very unusual for the pooch.

Trisha explained Luna isn’t usually a cuddly dog so she knew something was wrong.

The married mum-of-two, a childminder, from Wilford, Nottingham, added: “Luna isn’t the most affectionate dog – she was acting unusual.”

After around 45 minutes, Trisha began feeling pain and went upstairs to check herself.

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“I had a feel and that’s when all the blood drained from my face – I had felt something that didn’t feel right,” she said.

The following Monday, Trisha went to her GP who referred her to Nottingham City Hospital, where they performed a mammogram and MRI scan.

The mum then underwent a biopsy and was diagnosed with breast cancer two weeks later on April 18 this year. 

Fortunately, the cancer was detected early which Trisha attributes to her beloved pet sniffing it out.

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She said: “If it wasn’t for Luna, I would not have found it that day.

“Because I have dense breasts, I might have not banged them again for a couple of years or so – my story might have been very different.

“I check myself anyway but I don’t check myself every week or every month. I probably check myself every couple of months.

“I think she knew – she’s my little lifesaver.”

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Trisha has had two operations to remove the tumours since and she is now waiting to find out if she will need chemotherapy.

The mum added: “The thing is, I am a positive person, but when you are sitting in that room you have it all in your head that you are fine and that you’re not ill.

“When they say, ‘I am sorry to tell you it is cancer’, your whole world falls apart and you just wonder what size coffin you’re going to need – it is hard to explain how you feel.

“I am grateful for Luna, if it wasn’t for Luna this would be a very different story.”

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