Here is a photo of an American high school student named Jacques Andre who made a breakthrough discovery which took the medical research community by storm in 2013. His research discovered a previously unknown method of detecting early stage pancreatic cancer and it has the potential to save the lives of many people afflicted with this particular disease. The famous technology guru “Steve Jobs” could have possibly been saved if his cancer had been detected earlier so this young man’s discovery has tremendous potential!
Andre says that until his detection method was discovered, it was estimated that 85% of people suffering from pancreatic caner is discovered too late to be treated making the survival rate of patients an incredibly low 2%. Please take a look at the video and listen to the young scientist explain his detection in more detail.
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Andre lost one of his family members to pancreatic cancer when he was 13 years old and this loss inspired him to try to discover a more effective method for detecting this type of cancer. Furthermore, the current tests are extremely expensive (almost USD $800) so Andre was determined to find a more cost-effective method. In order to detect pancreatic cancer, the test must be able to examine a very small amount of protein in the blood. Andre was able to create a testing method on this but when he submitted his proposal to over 200 famous universities and every one of them except Johns Hopkins University rejected his breakthrough discovery! In addition, Andre’s detection test costs only USD 3 cents (about 3 yen) and takes less than 5 minutes to complete the test which 168 times faster than the current testing method and almost 400 times more accurate! This testing method can also be applied to other illnesses such HIV and other types of cancer. It is truly a breakthrough discovery! Andre received the Gordon E. Moore Award established by Intel worth almost USD $75,000 dollars (about 7.42 million yen) along with some other grants which he will use to pay for his tuition and continue his research. This young student has a bright future as a medical researcher!
In the video, he mentioned that he began his study of pancreatic cancer on the internet and less than 2 years later came up with his discovery!
It is still undergoing testing trials but it is hoped that it will be available to the public in the near future!