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    The treatment of cancer is a personal issue for the Democrat as in 2015 he lost his eldest son Beau, who died from a brain tumor. Earlier this month Biden voiced hope that bipartisan work would help make “significant strides in advancing cancer research” in the United States.

    US President Joe Biden has triggered a torrent of sarcastic remarks on social media after he made a quip during his visit to a cancer hospital in the state of Ohio. The 78-year-old was shown medical equipment that could become a game changer in the treatment of cancer. Addressing reporters Biden said the following:

    "By the way: Dogs may help cure cancer. It's not a joke."

    ​His statement raised eyebrows with netizens mocking the Democrat.

    ​Many users wondered how exactly a man’s best friend can cure cancer.

    ​Others noted that canines are used to detect and not cure the disease.

    Many people rushed to defend the president and said his predecessor made worse statements.

    ​One user contended that the Democrat was right.

    ​Dogs' sense of smell, which scientists estimate can be up to 100,000 times more sensitive than humans’, has indeed been used in medicine with canines being trained to detect traces of cancer on the human body and waste, as well as other diseases.

    Incidentally, one of the president’s dogs has not been behaving itself lately. The German shepherd called Major had to receive training in Delaware after he reportedly bit a US Secret Service agent. Major, who was adopted from an animal shelter, became the White House’s first rescue dog.

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