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Full Transcript: My 3 Cents on Cancer by Jack Andraka at TEDxSanJoseCAWomen

Jack Andraka

Here is the full transcript of biotech whiz kid Jack Andraka’s TEDx Talk titled ‘My 3 Cents on Cancer’ at TEDxSanJoseCAWomen conference.

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TRANSCRIPT: 

I won an International Science Fair, and ever since then, a bunch of people have been asking me, “How on earth could a 15 year old have won an International Science Fair?”

My response, “A ton of hard work and a lot of failures.”

And recently, I’ve developed a novel paper sensor for the detection of pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer. And the sensor is 168 times faster, over 26,000 times less expensive and over 400 times more sensitive than the current standard of detection. The best part; it costs 3 cents and it takes 5 minutes to run.

Now, you might be wondering, why a 15 year old is interested in pancreatic cancer. Shouldn’t I be watching movies or playing video games? Well, actually, I became interested in pancreatic cancer because a close family friend who was like an uncle to me, passed of pancreatic cancer. And then, what I did is, I began to wonder, “How could someone have gone from a healthy human being who expresses really no symptoms, to a human skeleton in as short as 3 months”.

So, then, I began going to Google, my go-to source for information. And, what I found was shocking. Over 85% of all pancreatic cancers are diagnosed late. That’s two of those people. And, 2% survive. So, that had created an abysmal 5 year survival rate. 5.5%, that’s the worst of any cancer.

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