Jack Thomas Andraka,15, Creates Pancreatic Cancer Test

Danica J. | May 25, 2012 | 0 Comments More

When most teenage boys are busy playing video games few are busy searching for a cure for cancer.

A young man by the name of Jack Andraka has been awarded $75,000 by the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for inventing a revolutionary pancreatic cancer test.

The 15-year-old who is freshman from North County High School discovered dip-stick blood and urine test that will save millions of lives.

Jack Thomas Andraka who was victorious in the medicine and health sciences category spoke to Time Magazine where he explained that early screening is the best tool that there is to fight illnesses such as lung cancer and pancreatic cancer.

The Maryland teenager shared:

“I got interested in early detection because that’s the best chance of treating cancer.The only practical way of doing this is through routine blood tests, so that’s what I’ve developed here.”

Andraka added that his non-invasive screening method is about 90 percent accurate, 1,000 times more sensitive, and 28 times cheaper than other tests that doctors are currently using.

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