Woman says cat detected breast cancer

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NBC (WILX) - An Oregon woman says she's alive today because her cat helped detect a lump in her breast.

Michelle Pearson and husband will adopted Mia from the Humane Society a couple of years ago.

Mia has been a form of therapy for Michelle as she battles breast cancer.

"All of a sudden out of nowhere, she just got up on my chest and she sniffed that breast and then looked in my face, sniffed the spot again and looked in my face and I tried to shove her off and she came back up and just laid down on that right breast and she looked at me like 'I'm trying to tell you something,'" said Michelle Pearson, breast cancer survivor.

Days later, she got a phone call saying she had stage two breast cancer and the start of a long road of treatment and recovery.

"Because we caught this early, my prognosis is much better," said Pearson.

Specially trained dogs have detected cancer in humans, but Mia has no such training.

"The cat, whether it was by chance or whether or not, the cat did see something, it caused her to feel there so, in my mind the cat saved her life," said Pearson's husband.

"I tell people that i rescued her, but I felt like she rescued me," said Pearson.