18-Year-Old Student Designs Bra Capable Of Detecting Breast Cancer

When Julián Ríos Cantú was 13-years-old, his mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and almost died. The event inspired him to invent an auto-exploration bra that detects breast cancer early on.

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In the United States, approximately 252,710 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed every year in women, according to cancer.org. Though there are over 3,000,000 million survivors of the illness in the United States, approximately 1 in 37 women will die from the disease (2.7% of those diagnosed), making it the leading cause of cancer death in women. Fortunately, females may be able to detect the presence of breast cancer early thanks to a new bra invented by 18-year-old Julian Rios Cantu.

When Rios Cantu, the CEO and co-founder of Higia Technologies, was thirteen-years-old, his mother was diagnosed with the disease for the second time.

?When I was 13 years old, my mother was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer,? said the entrepreneur. ?The tumor went from having the dimensions of a grain of rice to that of a golf ball in less than six months. The diagnosis came too late and my mother lost both of her breasts and, almost, her life.?

Fortunately, his mother lived. However, the pre-teen felt more inspired than ever to create Eva, an auto-exploration bra that helps women detect breast cancer before it develops into something severe. When Rios Cantu entered the device into the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards competition, it won first prize. In fact, the bra won out over inventions submitted by 56 student entrepreneurs from 56 countries.

Huffington Post reports that Eva is unique because it contains tactile sensors that map the surface of the breast. These enable it to track and motor the texture, color, and temperature. Users can view their condition via a mobile or desktop app.

?We take all that data and store it,? the 18-year-old explained. ?When there is a tumor in the breast there is more blood, more heat, so there are changes in temperature and in texture. We will tell you, ?in this quadrant there are drastic changes in temperature? and our software specializes in caring for that area. If we see a persistent change, we will recommend that you go to the doctor.?

So far, the invention is only a prototype. However, its creators estimate it will be certified for use in approximately two years. Within this time period, approximately 82,000 women will die of breast cancer in the U.S. alone, making this new bra a literal life-saver once it is on the market.

Learn more by visiting the company?s website.

When Julian Rios Cantu, his mother almost died from breast cancer. Fortunately, she lived.

However, this inspired the pre-teen to invent a bra capable of detecting the cancer early on.

Now 18-years-old, Rios Cantu is the CEO and co-founder of Higia Technologies.

The company developed Eva, an auto-exploration bra that detects breast cancer early on.

Its tactile sensors map the surface of the breast and monitor its texture, color, and temperature.

?When there is a tumor in the breast there is more blood, more heat, so there are changes in temperature and in texture?

The bra is estimated to be on the market in two years. Watch the video below:

via Bored Panda, Huffington Post

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