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Did This 15-Year-Old Just Change The Course Of Medicine? Schoolboy Invents Early Test For Pancreatic Cancer That Killed Steve Jobs

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  • Jack Andraka’s new test detects pancreatic cancer earlier than any other
  • Deadly disease currently kills 19 out of 20 within five years
  • He claims his invention could raise survival rates to ‘close to 100 per cent’

By Damien Gayle

PUBLISHED:05:12 EST, 29 January 2013| UPDATED:13:38 EST, 29 January 2013

A 15-year-old schoolboy could save millions of lives after he invented a new, low-cost test that can detect the early stages of a deadly form of cancer.

Jack Andraka from Crownsville, Maryland, developed a simple dip-stick test for levels of mesothelin, a biomarker for early stage pancreatic cancer found in blood and urine.

It promises to revolutionise treatment of the disease, which currently kills 19 out of 20 sufferers after five years – largely because its so difficult to detect until its final stages. 

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This kid should be very proud of himself,to potentially save the lives of so many people.

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    • predictability

      To.Arthur. but hes getting paid for it right money the root of Evil.

    • TruthHurts

      tell this guy to KEEP THIS AWAY FROM BIG PHARMA

      they do not want people to be healed.

      make and sell the test yourself – more people will get it, and you will have a good career.

      big pharma will mothball it along with all the other cures like HEMP OIL.

    • KingOfTheCamp

      lol, yea stay away from big pharma kid, you will be able to lead a very fruitful life along with saving lives without having to sell your soul…

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