Jack Andraka

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About Jack

Jack's official website is this. Cancer is seen as a leading cause for death today. While more and more patients are succumbing to the inevitable end of hazardous treatments to fight cancer, medical professionals- young and old alike- are putting in lots of efforts to bring a cure to the table. One of these dedicated young professionals is Jack Andraka who has accomplished a great deal in pushing the medical community much closer to the finish line. He invented a dipstick like sensor that can accurately detect early stages of pancreatic, lung and ovarian cancers when he was only 15 years of age.

When one of his family friends succumbed to pancreatic cancer, Jack was only in ninth grade. The death however, had a very profound impact on him and he wanted to find a way to contribute in order to help fight against this deadly disease. After a lot of research, he realized that one of the reasons why cancer could often claim so many lives is because it is not easily detected. Quick, inexpensive screening tests are also lacking, which means that people often cannot catch this disease until it has already spread and matured to higher stages. [more...]

Cancer and Obesity

Overweight and obesity are risk factors of pancreatic cancer. That means, excess weight increases your chances of developing pancreatic cancer. More specifically, the disease is 20% more likely to occur in people who are very overweight. Other statistics show that 33% of people who die of cancer in the US were overweight, physically inactive, or ate a nutritionally poor diet.   Given that 2 out of 3 adults  in the US are obese or overweight, Jack's discovery is of particular importance. There is evidence that pancreatic cancer is also more likely to develop in  people who have much belly fat even if they are not overweight.

Weight Loss

Maintaining a healthy weight can prevent many chronic diseases. If you are overweight, losing weight will decrease your cancer risk. Studies have shown that overweight people who lost 20kg of body weight reduced their cancer risk by 30%. To lose weight or keep your weight normal, there are many resources available. In addition to talking to your doctor or dietitian, you may also want to look at programs like Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem. These programs have been clinically tested for their effectiveness. Millions of people from all over the world, have used Weight Watchers to lose weight. In the same way, Nutrisystem has created a simple plan that makes weight loss easy. Discounts for Nutrisystem can easily be found online.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D prevents tumors from growing. Two studies by Harvard University have shown that Vitamin D supplementation relates to a lower risk pancreatic cancer. People who took 600 IU vitamin D a day had 40% lower cancer risk than those who took only 150 IU. It is estimated that 50% of Americans are not taking enough Vitamin D. The National Cancer Institute recommends a dose of 600 IU a day. You can get Vitamin D supplements from Vitacost. Here is a promo code for Vitacost.

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