Teenager Invents New Test for Finding Cancer

Jack Andraka began his dream of finding a cure for cancer by googling ways to prevent cancer after losing a friend to the disease. Now, after many months tinkering in his room, he has found a new way to detect cancer reported CBS News.

“I created a new way to detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer that costs three cents and takes five minutes to run,” Andraka stated, according to CBS. “It’s a 168 times faster, over 26,000 times less expensive, and over 400 times more sensitive than our current methods of diagnosis.”

Medical statistics indicate that 85 percent of all pancreatic cancers are diagnosed late, when someone has less than a two percent chance of survival. And our current test costs $800 per test and misses 30 percent of all pancreatic cancers,” Jim Axelrod of CBS News also reported.