Pancreatic cancer is deadly. Only 5.5% of those diagnosed with the disease survive past five years. And that’s because it is very hard to detect. By the time doctors find it, it generally has already spread throughout the body. But what if there was a pancreatic cancer test that could detect the disease early?
Pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer death largely because there are no detection tools to diagnose the disease in its early stages when surgical removal of the tumor is still possible.
But this is all about to change thanks to Jack Andraka, a 15-year old teenager from Crownsville, Maryland, who invented a new method capable of detecting this lethal cancer in its earliest stages.
His novel patent-pending sensor is said to be 168 times faster, 26,000 times less expensive, and 400 times more sensitive than current testing methods.
Why is Andraka’s Test Different?
Current testing methods are 60 years old, cost on average $800, and miss 30% of all pancreatic cancers.
The test Jack developed is:
– 168 times faster
– 26,000 times less expensive
– 400 times more sensitive than the current standard of detection
– He did his research using Google and Wikipedia as his primary research tools — online resources that are
– available to virtually anyone on the planet with an internet connection.
– The cost for his test: Three cents
The discovery by the young boy can be of great importance in cancer treatments, and it undoubtedly put cancer industry to shame.