An American teenager, Jack Andraka, 15 years old invented a new method, simple and inexpensive to detect incipient pancreatic cancer. Special Photo
The discovery earned him first prize at science fair and engineering the world’s largest, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Andraka, from Maryland, was awarded a $ 75,000 prize for creating this detection method carcinogen “using blood and urine tests.” The test has shown a 90% more accurate than those used so far, is 28 times cheaper and a thousand times more sensitive than current tests for this cancer. “I’m working with Johns Hopkins to improve the patent and I am also beginning to offer the product to other companies “to market, said the young inventor.
Andraka explained that detect pancreatic cancer early increases the chance of cure to almost one hundred percent. to the advantages of his method adds the which is not invasive to the body.
The pancreas is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the world. Risk factors include smoking, obesity, high consumption of red meat, high consumption of sugar, a diet low in fiber and diabetes mellitus. Each year 44.000 Americans are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
- 24 May, 2012 17:52 (asianheartinstitute.wordpress.com)