Shannen Doherty Says Her German Shepherd Detected Her Breast Cancer Before It Was Diagnosed

Talking to Entertainment Tonight, celebrity Shannen Doherty says her German Shepherd detected her breast cancer first.

Shannen, who starred in Beverly Hills 90210, shared her beloved German Shepherd, Bowie, was trying to alarm her about her breast. In February 2015, the 45-year-old actress was diagnosed with breast cancer.

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“She would obsessively sniff right here on my right side for a long time before,” Shannen tells Entertainment Tonight‘s Jennifer Peros. “So, it made sense when I got diagnosed.”

Now, she says the cancer has spread to her lymph nodes. So far, the actress has already undergone three rounds of chemotherapy. She will have to do five more. And after that, Shannen says she’ll do radiation. In May this year, she also underwent a single mastectomy.

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“When I got back from surgery, [Bowie] again was kind of right in this area,” she shared as she gestured towards her right side. “Then when I had my first chemo, she would sniff my entire body up and down. And she was always protective before, but she has become this crazy, protective dog. It’s hard to get close to me when she’s around.”

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Shannen said she named Bowie after David Bowie. The sweet and protective German Shepherd would even sometimes wear an adorable “Security” shirt while doing what German Shepherds do best –watching out for mom.

Get well soon, Shannen.

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