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Ideas that Inspire are Worth Sharing

You Don’t Know Jack

Click the link above to watch how one boy might have found the best way to treat Pancreatic Cancer.

What makes this short film so inspiring?

What if I told you this young sophomore, Jack Andraka , happens to have an Idea to detect Pancreatic Cancer in its early stages. For starters, it has 2% survival rate in 85% of pancreatic cancer cases. The current method of diagnosing pancreatic cancer is outdated by 60 years , making it difficult to cure.

Because of this dilemma Jack thought that the best cure is in the accurate and early diagnosis itself. By far, Jack claims his method (using ) to be more accurate, sensitive, cost effective, and can be run on a patients within 5 minutes; similar to using diabetes test strips if you will. Though his claims are without criticisms, the medical community has high hopes for his method.

Image: Soaring Thoughts by Elade Manu on Flickr is licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY 2.0 with additional text.

Video: You Don’t Know Jack – Morgan Spurlock – GE Focus Forward via YouTube (May 8, 2013)

Image Credit » Soaring Thoughts by Elade Manu on Flickr CC-BY 2.0;

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Anja wrote on July 12, 2014, 2:16 PM

Earlier detection for pancreatic cancer would be a huge step forward in its treatment. I hope it proves effective and is implemented.

PenFlavor wrote on July 12, 2014, 8:26 PM

I hope it gets implemented without going through the red tape medical communities are known for. If this young man's claim is indeed going to give this method a great boost then it will save lives!

Porwest wrote on July 14, 2014, 10:41 AM

It would definitely be a medical breakthrough for sure. Pancreatic cancer has to be one of the deadliest cancers there is, so any hope is better than no hope, and no one can be called out for at least trying to make a difference.

PenFlavor wrote on July 14, 2014, 7:23 PM

I did some digging over this and confirmed a depressing statistic for people who are afflicted by it. The real problem was not the disease, it was actually the method used for early diagnosis. Had it been given equal attention 60 years ago, 85% of these cancer cases would have given people greater chance at survival. Its just sad, though I hope they look into this new method's merits rather than bicker among themselves.

PriscillaKing wrote on July 16, 2014, 6:07 PM

Hope it works!

PenFlavor wrote on July 26, 2014, 5:39 AM

He's one of a kind isn't he?

paigea wrote on July 28, 2014, 6:09 PM

How exciting that they might have found another tool against cancer.

arthurchappell wrote on March 16, 2015, 7:16 PM

such ideas deserve thorough investigation and research to see if they are viable