Newcastle resident Angela Tinning said she discovered early breast cancer thanks to her cat. This is reported by the Metro edition.
The woman admitted that a few years ago her cat, Missy, began to behave strangely: as soon as the owner lay down, she jumped on her chest. “My cat is not very affectionate and rather irritable, so this behavior was very atypical for her,” explained Tinning.
She listened to the sensations, felt pain in her chest and went to the doctors. They found precancerous cells in her tissues and performed an operation to remove them.
Two years later, Missy began to behave the same way. This time, Tinning was not in pain, but she still decided to conduct a thorough examination.
The biopsy showed that the woman had developed early-stage breast cancer and had to undergo a mastectomy, an operation to remove the mammary glands.
The doctors admitted that if Tinning had not insisted on an examination, the disease might have been ignored for several more months.
“Nothing hurt me. But she jumped on my chest, and for me, it was a signal. If I had waited, the tumor would have grown enormously. If it weren’t for Missy, I could have died a long time ago,” said Tinning.
She nominated her pet for the hero cat in the Cat of the Year competition from the British charity Cats Protection. Tinning is also involved in fundraising for women with breast cancer.