15 Year Old’s Incredible Cancer Detection Breakthrough
Don’t tell Jack Andraka that he can’t make a difference. He will prove you wrong.
At age 15, Andraka succeeded in developing a test for early cancer detection that is 168 times faster and 400 times more sensitive than the medical world is currently using. And in a world of constantly changing health care laws, regulations, and rising costs for medical treatments, this savy teen has discovered it to be 26,000 times less expensive than the medical standard.
To make it even more remarkable, after realizing it was too difficult to conduct his experiments at home, Jack reached out to 200 researchers and laboratories for help.
He was turned down by 199 of them. Until, finally, one doctor from John Hopkins granted him permission to carry out his experiments in his facility…after school, of course.
After having an uncle diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Andraka began working on his ground-breaking project during 5th period freshman biology.
Jack’s parents were instrumental in his research, funding the thousands of dollars to access scientific articles.
What Andraka learned during the course of his research was that by standard testing for pancreatic cancer, the $800 detection test is backed by 60-year-old technology and has often misdiagnosed patients.
He also learned that a startling 85% of pancreatic cancers are diagnosed late, when the survival rate is as low as 2%.
From there, remembering his beloved late uncle, it was simply pure determination.
Barely a teenager, Jack Andraka, after several attempts, created a working paper sensor – one that takes only five minutes to run and is 400 times more sensitive than the current pancreatic cancer test.
Total cost? Only 3 cents.
Intel sponsored the International Science and Engineering Fair, which gave Andraka its $75,000 grand prize for his work. Watch it unfold in the video below. It will be the most inspirational thing you will see today. He also went on to meet President Barack Obama for his achievements.
Andraka, now 16, has a new mission: to make knowledge a basic human right, explaining that less than 1% of the world controls scientific, academic research.
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