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Students create cheap, portable device to detect skin cancer

Students create cheap, portable device to detect skin cancer

A skin change is often the first warning sign of melanoma. Skin cancer can be of various types, sizes and depth and is considered the most incident type of tumor in the population - about 25% of human body cancers are skin.

Early diagnosis of skin cancer increases chance of treatment success. To facilitate and accelerate this process, engineering students at McMaster University, Canada, have developed an inexpensive and user-friendly device that helps detect the condition.

Named sKan, the device when attached to the skin measures the temperature so that immediately and accurately identify the presence of melanoma. For this to happen, the product applies a cooling to the skin and records how long it takes to return to its initial temperature.

"Cancer cells have a higher metabolic rate than normal cells, and therefore release This means that after the heat shock is applied, the cancerous tissue will recover heat faster than non-cancerous tissue, indicating a strong likelihood of melanoma. "

The collected data is then passed to a computer and displayed in the form of a heat map and a time chart. Then, the combination of these results would show the presence or absence of melanoma. Currently, the sKan device has a forecast of a cost of $ 1,000, which is considered little compared to other methods.

The work of the team led the students to the position of winners of the James Dyson Award, an international design award that celebrates the inventions of college students with the goal of inspiring the next generation of students.

The next step of the team is to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the agency that regulates medical devices in the country. The idea is that in the future sKan will be used on a large scale and can detect more than 130,000 cases of melanoma per year.


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