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May 23, 2012

15 Year-Old Wins Award For Pancreatic Cancer Test

Topics: Health Issues

Fifteen year-old Jack Andraka, a high school freshman in Anne Arundel County, Maryland is being recognized for developing what may become an effective way to detect pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer. reports:

[...] "Basically it costs 3-cents and takes about five minutes to run, so ti can be used in routine screenings, and I found that it could detect the cancer before it became invasive, and your chance of survival is much greater before it becomes invasive."

Andraka's research has attracted the attention of Dr. Anirvn Maitra of the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Maitra agreed to let the teen test his paper in his lab, after nearly 200 other researchers rejected Andraka's request for help.

He has also won $75,000 as the grand prize winner of the Intel International Science Fair.

The filter paper he designed is coated atom-sized carbon tubes that can detect mesothelin, a protein that is found in very high levels in the blood of people who have pancreatic cancer.

More here.

Meanwhile, despite strenuous protests from urologists, Obamacare's U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is sticking by a contentious proposal it made last fall that healthy men shouldn't get routine prostate cancer screenings.

According to the American Cancer Society, other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The latest American Cancer Society estimates for prostate cancer in the United States are for 2012:

  • About 241,740 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed
  • About 28,170 men will die of prostate cancer

About 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.

Related: Medicine in the Nanny State

Posted by Hyscience at May 23, 2012 8:59 AM

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