Did This 15-Year-Old Boy Just Find a Cure for Pancreatic Cancer?

Via Tara Lemieux
on Feb 7, 2013
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Did this 15-year-old schoolboy from Crownsville, MD just find a cure for pancreatic cancer?

Not quite, but his new invention promises to bring survival rates up to nearly 100 percent.

Jack Andraka has invented a new, low-cost test to detect for the earliest stages of the deadly disease. This brilliant young mind was inspired to take action following the death of his uncle to this most dreaded disease.

A simple ‘dip test’ looks for levels of mesothelin, a biomarker for this disease, in both the blood and urine. This innovative test will potentially revolutionize treatment for pancreatic cancer—a disease which currently kills 19 of the 20 patients diagnosed within the first five years.

The test, in its earliest phase of review, is already over 90 percent accurate for detecting pancreatic cancer at it’s earliest state; where once previously this diagnosis was a near certain ‘death sentence,’ now there is hope.

And the cost of this test? Only three cents per strip.

I’ll bet that will turn the pharmaceutical heads and lobbyists right straight onto their collective ears.

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Ed: Bryonie Wise


About Tara Lemieux

Tara Lemieux is a mindful wanderer, and faithful stargazer. She is an ardent explorer and lover of finding things previously undiscovered (or, at the very least, mostly not-uncovered.) When she’s not writing, you can find her walking in the woods and sometimes changing the way we look at things, one simple moment at a time. You can contact her at via her website Mindfully Musing or, take one second to "LIKE" her on Facebook at Tara's Facebook Page. Or email her directly at [email protected]. All roads will lead to one home, and rest assured she (and Nudnick, the wonder dog) would LOVE to hear from you.


8 Responses to “Did This 15-Year-Old Boy Just Find a Cure for Pancreatic Cancer?”

  1. Ben_Ralston says:

    15?! Give the kid a prize for God's sake!

  2. tairui says:

    A prize *and* the final patent… 🙂

  3. graceonthefly says:

    Wow makes you wonder what other untapped genius might we be missing…..

  4. tairui says:

    Yes, it certainly does… or how much is discovered, but doesn't get noticed…

  5. MaryBeth Wells says:

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