One of the most famous quotes of Thomas Edison is “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”. During the time while the light bulb was in process, Edison has lived to this statement every day. Even though he has tried more than 3000 theories and more than 6000 types of filaments on how to extend the light bulb’s life he didn’t really managed to do so.
In comparison, there is one teenage boy that might have found pancreatic cancer test. Jack Andraka is 15 year old boy who lives in Crownsville, Maryland. He is motivated by the quote from Edison, and he was inspired to find the cure as he was watching one of his family member die from pancreatic cancer.
Many people decide to take the things as they are in such situations, but that is not the case with Jack. He decided to be proactive and take action. He managed to find out that the cancer that his uncle died from was found very late so he managed to develop a way to discover cancer at early stages. Pancreatic cancer is definitely the worst type of cancers and it takes around 340.000 lives per year. Once this type of cancer is discovered late there is no chance of survival.
The Andraka’s test
This method is used for detecting pancreatic cancer and it is old more than 60 years. Also it costs around $800, and it is not 100% accurate. Here is what Jack has found as part of the test:
His test is much cheaper
Very effective and fast
It is very sensitive
For his research he relied on Wikipedia and Google
Anyone can access it
It costs 3 cents
Also it is important to mention that the accuracy rate of this test is much higher and it takes less than 5 minutes. Also it is much cheaper than any other standard test which is often ineffective and inaccurate.
Watch the video below and see for yourself:
It is important to say that Jack is in phase of testing this method, which is the main reason why it is not available to the wider public. It is expected in the next 5-10 years to finish his research and find new treatment that will help have more accurate testing. After these research studies are done we truly hope the scientific and medicinal communities to accept it and save many lives.
Disclaimer: It is important that you understand that this treatment is not yet approved, so it is best to consult with your doctor.