Study tracks golden retrievers throughout lives to study canine cancer

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It's being called the first-of-its-kind cancer study on dogs. It's a study that will track golden retrievers over their entire lives and use the findings to try and determine why some get cancer.

The national study, funded by The Morris Animal Foundation in Denver, is in need of golden retrievers under two years old.

The study is based out of Colorado with the help of the Flint Animal Cancer Center at CSU. The dog's health will be tracked over the course of the study.

Golden retrievers are the dogs of choice, partly because they are so prevalent, but also because they have a higher likelihood of getting cnacer.

"They have unfortunately a high risk of developing cancer," Dr. Rodney Page, with the Flint Animal Cancer Center at CSU, said.

Now, researches have roughly 500 dogs signed up for the study. The goal is 3,000.

Cancer is estimated to be the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of two.

(Information courtesy NBC News)