Teen innovator recognized nationally for cancer research releases memoir

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

While most of his peers were thinking about prom, one teen genius was searching for ways to innovate cancer research.

When he was 15, Jack Andraka invented an early detection test for pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer.

Andraka shares his story in his new memoir BREAKTHROUGH: How One Teen Innovator is Changing the World.

When a family friend passed away from pancreatic cancer, Andraka was inspired to create a better way to detect the disease. Andraka contacted 200 different research professionals with his plan, and Dr. Anirban Maitra at John Hopkins School of Medicine accepted Andraka's request to use their laboratory.

With the resources and support he needed, Andraka invented a four-cent strip of paper capable of detecting pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancers four hundred times more effectively than the previous standard.

Now, at 18 years old, Andraka's groundbreaking discovery has earned him international recognition. He won a 2014 Jefferson Award, the nation's most prestigious public service award, and was the first place winner in the 2014 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.

Andraka was named one of National Geographic's Emerging Explorers for 2014, was the 2014 State of Maryland winner of the Stockholm Water Prize, and was First Lady Michelle Obama's personal guest at the 2013 State of the Union Address.

For more information about the book, please www.jackandraka.com.