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Handheld device that detects skin cancer wins James Dyson Award

Handheld device that detects skin cancer wins James Dyson Award
The sKan macine has won the James Dyson Award<br />(Picture: The sKan/James Dyson Award 2017)

A handheld device that detects skin cancer has won the James Dyson Award.

The sKan machine, which was designed by Canadian engineering graduates, scooped the 2017 prize after judges predicted it could be a game changer.

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The device is cheap to manufacture and is non-invasive so could prove to be a great option in detecting melanoma, which is one of the deadliest forms of cancer.

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Handheld device that detects skin cancer wins James Dyson Award
The device could help detect skin cancer early (Picture: The sKan/James Dyson Award 2017
Handheld device that detects skin cancer wins James Dyson Award
The Candaian students who designed the sKan (Picture: James Dyson Award)

McMaster University graduates Michael Takla, Prateek Mathur, Rotimi Fadiya and Shivad Bhavsar started developing the cancer detecting device while in the final year of their bioengineering courses.

It works by detecting higher temperatures in skin, which can be caused by cancerous cells.

The earlier melanoma can be detected the likelier patients are to survive after receiving treatment.

Businessman James Dyson said the sKan machine had the potential to save lives around the world.

The graduates hope to use the £30,000 prize to create a prototype and eventually start pre-clinical testing.

The James Dyson Award, launched in 2002, is awarded to university students and graduates who have designed something exceptional as well as commercially viable.

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