Jack Andraka is living this famous quote by Edison. Jack is a 15 year old boy from Crownsville, Maryland. Jack watched a beloved family friend, who was like an uncle to him, die of pancreatic cancer. Rather than accept it as fact of life, he chose to become proactive. He realized that a significant part of the problem was a lack of early detection tests. So he decided to come up with a test to detect cancer in its earliest stages. Pancreatic Cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death, taking 34,000 lives a year. Unfortunately this disease is usually detected late in its progression and has an extremely low survival rate after diagnosis.
Current testing methods are 60 years old, cost on average $800, and miss 30% of all pancreatic cancers.
168 times faster
26,000 times less expensive
400 times more sensitive than the current standard of detection
He did his research using Google and Wikipedia as his primary research tools — online resources that are available to virtually anyone on the planet with an internet connection.
The cost for his test: Three cents
It takes five minutes, and has a 100 percent accuracy rate. Compare that to the current standard, which employs 60-year-old technology, costs about $800, and misses 30 percent of all pancreatic cancers.