Newcastle resident Angela Tinning says she discovered she had early-stage breast cancer thanks to her cat, Metro reports
The woman says that a few years ago her cat Missy started behaving strangely.
"My cat is very flattering and quite irritable. That's why this behavior was very unusual for her," explains Tinning.
The unusual behavior of the cat was manifested in the fact that if her owner lay down to rest, Missy immediately jumped on her chest
This behavior sharpened Angela's attention to her sensations, and after she felt pain in her chest, she turned to the doctors for help. They found precancerous cells in her tissues and performed an operation to remove them.
Two years later, Missy started behaving the same way. This time, Angela felt no pain, but decided to go for a thorough examination. The biopsy showed that she had started to develop early stage breast cancer and she had to have a mastectomy - an operation to remove the mammary glands. The doctors admitted that if Angela had not insisted on the tests, the disease could have gone unnoticed for several more months.
«Nothing hurt. But she jumped on my chest and for me that was a signal. If I had waited, the tumor would have grown to gigantic proportions. If it wasn't for Missy, I would have died a long time ago, says Mrs. Tinning.
She nominated Missy for the Hero Cat award in the British charity Cats Protection's Cat of the Year competition. Tinning is also involved in raising funds for women suffering from breast cancer.