My 3 Cents on Cancer: Jack Andraka at TEDxSanJoseCAWomen
Jack is a fifteen year old freshman in high school. He developed a paper sensor that could detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer in five minutes for as little as 3 cents. He conducted his research at John Hopkins University. This research could change the face of cancer and promote early detection. He has been selected as the Intel 2012 ISEF winner and has won awards at multiple national and international math competitions. Jack is on the national junior whitewater kayaking team and enjoys playing with his dog and folding origami.
Jack’s method is 168 times faster, 26000 times cheaper, 400 times more sensitive and has a 90% success rate.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
Widespread Failure among Doctors to follow Clinical Guidelines
A report out this week, submitted to a medical journal but not yet published, discusses the findings of a study analysing the treatment and results of 13,321 women with ovarian cancer diagnosed from 1999 to 2006 in California. Only 37 percent received treatment that adhered to guidelines set by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network…
” …Tens of thousands of women each year have their ovaries taken out during a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus… Researchers found that women’s risk of ovarian cancer diminished when their ovaries were removed, but their risks of dying from other, more common causes rose… Based on the results, it looks like, if given a choice, you should keep your ovaries, said Leslie Bernstein, a professor at City of Hope cancer center…”
It turns out ovarian cysts are very common in DES daughters; my sister and I, both DES daughters, have had them twice during our lifetimes (so far). 2012 was a rotten year for me healthwise. Cysts came back big time.
I will continue having an annual Pap smear, as specifically stipulated in the fine print of the screening recommendations, because of my increased risk for cervical/vaginal cancer… … We all must remain aware of changing medical guidelines in order for each of us to advocate for — and receive — the care we need to protect our health. Awareness is the key.
StarTribune Letters | Letter of the Day (March 18, 2012) | Pap smears