15 Year Old Develops Test For Pancreatic Cancer

In the category of both inspiring and depressing a 15 year old prodigy has developed a simple test which scientists believe could help in the early detection of pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the disease, in large part because it is often not detected until it is too late. This test, which uses strips costing 3 cents each, could allow very early detection and potentially improve the survival rate from less than 20% to nearly 100%.

Just to show how you should never give up on an idea, the young man took his theory to nearly 200 researchers who all turned him down before he found one who was willing to listen.

  

Author: PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor

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  1. One of the great problems in medical science research anymore is that if it doesn’t look like someone can make big money off of it, no one wants to do the research.

    Changing that requires more than just a change of mentality of course, we can’t -just- point to the pharma industry or -just- point to the government, but we -can- look and say “this system is rigged to tend to help fatten pockets first, save lives second,” and change it.

  2. This is amazing. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Can you imagine how this could revolutionize health care by people being able to purchase cheap early screening tests at the drug store and doing them themselves?

  3. Dean, I worked in Pulmonary Research for over 5 years. I can tell you from experience that the most seemingly ridiculous things are often tried, and usually someone on the team is given the task to “check it out” if they have an inclination. It was in fact our Dr. Renard who tested chicken soup to find that yes, indeed it does have some curative properties and a paper resulted. Whod a thunk.
    Researching possibilities is very time consuming and costly on projects, and definetely puts the re in research.
    Without knowing the full back story, I would say that most researchers were not as money hungry as extremely busy and on a tight budget. I can tell you that to get funding for these projects is like pulling teeth, and as we all know the Federal government has cut funding DRASTICALLY. NIH grants used to be much easier to get than they are now…and forget about state funding.
    My guess is they had to pick their battles.
    Thank goodness someone stopped to entertain his idea.

  4. Wow! I’m sure this is not as simple as the article makes it sound, especially when it can be changed to detect many other diseases. That no other researcher has done what this 15 year old has means either he’s a prodigy, maybe a genius, or it means someone’s keeping the same discovery quiet. Will this be the silver bullet of early detection or will the massive health system corporations short-circuit its use.

  5. Fantastic. Go kid.

  6. Just saw advertised a home kit to detect HIV.

  7. Actually, it is that simple…which is why it is so genius.

    way to go kid!

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