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‘Selfies’ can help in detection of Pancreatic Cancer

By Herald Keeper
By Olivia Tucker

Well, you people must be familiar with taking selfies through your smartphones and most of you are very much addicted to it. But you will be astonished to know that selfies have also proved to be beneficial in detecting pancreatic cancer among patients.

The Researchers of the University of Washington, Seattle are now on the verge of successfully developing a Smartphone app that can efficiently track pancreatic cancer in its initial stages through the method of taking selfies and hence, this will help doctors to treat pancreatic cancer more quickly before it gets worse.

We know that Jaundice is the first and foremost symptom of pancreatic cancer. In this, due to the building up of bilirubin in the blood, the skin and eyes become yellow. But these are visible after the disease becomes more intense or risky.

But now the new app named “BiliScreen” can efficiently capture the picture of the sclera of the patient’s eye’s and give an estimation of the bilirubin level before jaundice becomes actually visible. The new app will be showcased at the Ubicomp technology conference which will be held next month. Through this technology, the patients can self-diagnose their eyes to know about the bilirubin levels and in this way, more time will be saved and the treatment could be started quickly. When a test was conducted taking 70 people, it was observed that 90 percent of the people successfully got to know about their bilirubin levels.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers because in this the survival rate is quite low. The patients with the pancreatic cancer risks get jaundice at a very later stage because pancreatic cancers show very fewer symptoms and the non-invasive tests to detect the disease are very few.

The lead author of the study Alex Mariakakis said that he is very optimistic about the fact that the patients will be able to diagnose themselves by sitting at their own home and if they take the test once in a month then they might catch the disease early and quickly opt for treatment and can save their own life without wasting time.   The research study was published in the proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies.

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