Thursday, May 24, 2012

15-Year-Old Discovers Test For Early Pancreatic Cancer Detection

Oh my goodness, I almost could not believe my eyes when I read a story today about a young boy (15-years-old) who discovered an easy way to test for pancreatic cancer. My father died from pancreatic cancer in 2001, shortly after the 911 terrorist attacks on America. Like so many people, he did not know he had the disease until is was too late for treatment. This brilliant kid, Jack Andraka, won first prize in a contest for his amazing discovery yesterday. Of all cancers, pancreatic is one of the most fatal and the most painful. Before dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he was a strong man who worked hard his whole life. However, it did not take long for pancreatic cancer to destroy his body and eventually take his life while inflicting unbelievable pain in the process. Like many other people, dad was misdiagnosed during the early stages of his pancreatic cancer - because there was not a test to detect it in blood work. Thanks to Jack Andrake, future victims of this type of cancer will at least have a fighting chance to beat the disease - before it's too late for treatment.

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