Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) July 23, 2013 -- Award winning children's book author/illustrator and breast cancer survivor Susan Castriota is fortunate to have a dog with the ability to sniff cancer. Bella, a white Havenese, is also a character in Castriota's children's book series "Wilson's Wondrous Tails". Bella sniffed Castriota's cancer months before she had her yearly mammogram and was told she had an aggressive form of breast cancer called invasive lobular carcinoma.
Sitting on the set of THE DOCTORS show at the CBS studios, Susan and Bella talked to Dr. Lisa and Dr. Travis about her cancer treatment. Cancer causes the body to release certain organic compounds, which can be recognized by dogs. According to veterinarian Dr. Karen “Doc” Halligan, a dog’s sense of smell is about 100,000 times stronger than a human’s. Dr. Travis advises, “If your dog is doing something it normally doesn't do, pay attention to it.”
Castriota underwent a double mastectomy in December 2012. Bella also reacted to Castriota's chemo treatment by throwing up. Bella now sleeps at Castriota's left side where the cancer was removed.
Castriota has a life saving three point message she wants to share with woman - One mammogram per year, Two opinions if diagnosed, Three-D Mammography.
Castriota usually features her adopted dog Wilson in her book series "Wilson's Wondrous Tails". Now Bella is serving as inspiration for new book titled "Wilson and Bella's Big Apple Adventure!" which will be released in the fall.
Susan Castriota, Castriota Designs, LLC., http://wilsongetsadopted.com/, 412.833.7556, [email protected]