A 14-year-old young American inventor named Heman Bekele has achieved something remarkable by creating an affordable soap that has the potential to aid in the battle against skin cancer.
The impressive part? He managed to make this soap cost less than $10.
For his innovative achievement, Heman Bekele was awarded the prestigious title of "America's Top Young Scientist" in the 2023 3M Young Scientists Challenge and he also received a grand prize of $25,000.
The inspiration for this groundbreaking invention can be traced back to Bekele's time in Ethiopia, where he observed hard-working individuals constantly exposed to the harsh glare of the sun.
This experience sparked his curiosity and concern regarding the risks of skin cancer. As the young inventor prepared for the competition, he channelled these concerns into a mission i.e. to develop an accessible and reliable solution for skin cancer.
The soap he created was the result of involving months of experimentation and the use of computer modelling.
This innovative soap comprises a carefully balanced blend of compounds with a specific purpose: reinvigorating dendritic cells.
Dendritic cells are crucial in the body's defence against cancer but they are often targeted and destroyed by cancer cells. Bekele's soap reactivates these essential cells and empowers the body's natural ability to fight cancer.
Named the "Skin Cancer Treating Soap," Heman Bekele's invention represents a beacon of hope and affordability in the world of skin treatment.
In contrast to traditional creams used for this purpose, Bekele's soap is designed for everyday use.