Jack Andraka, a 15-year-old boy from Crownsville, Maryland, invented a new test for detecting cancer. After facing the death of a close family friend, caused by pancreatic cancer, Jack realized that the major problem with the death cases caused by this type of cancer is that there is a lack of detection tests in the early stages of the disease.
Therefore, he decided to develop a test which will detect pancreatic cancer in its early stages.
100% Accurate Pancreatic Cancer Test That Takes 5 Minutes and Costs 3 Cents
About 34,000 people die of pancreatic cancer every year, which makes this cancer the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths.
The reason why this occurs is because this disease is commonly detected in its late progression and, after the diagnosis, there is an extremely low possibility for survival.
The current methods for testing this disease miss 30% of all the pancreatic cancers, they are 60 years old, and they cost $800.
On the other hand, the test developed by Jack Andraka is 100% accurate, it takes only 5 minutes, and it costs just 3 cents. This new test is 400 times more sensitive than the current one, 168 times faster, and 26,000 times less expensive.
The most surprising thing is that this young boy made this test by doing a research with Google and Wikipedia being his primary research sources, the two online resources that are able to be used by anyone with an internet connection. By inventing this test, this boy makes the major breakthrough in the pancreatic cancer treatment.