The Future of Skin Cancer Detection

Four students from Hamilton’s McMaster University have won a $50,000 prize to further develop their idea for a handheld device that detects skin cancer. The recent grads in electrical biomedical engineering earned the International James Dyson Award for their final year project. They say the non-invasive device known as “The sKan” can diagnose melanoma by monitoring the heat emissions of various cells. The heat map it creates shows which cells recover more quickly from thermal shock, indicating the presence of skin cancer.

It’s a very clever device with the potential to save lives around the world,” said inventor James Dyson in a statement. He was one of the three judges who chose the entry from 20 finalists. He’s also the founder of the James Dyson Foundation, the charitable trust that runs the award.  Dyson is the inventor of the Dyson vacuum.

This marks the second time a Canadian team has won in the award’s 13-year history. (The Canadian Press)

Photo: The Dyson Foundation

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