Teen Develops Breast Cancer Detection Bra After Enduring A Personal Scare

"The diagnosis came too late and my mother lost both of her breasts and, almost, her life.”

Eighteen-year-old Julián Ríos Cantú almost lost his mother to breast cancer, and is now working to help other women get diagnosed more quickly. The Mexican teen has developed a novel bra outfitted with sensors that can detect the disease during its early stages. 

"When I was 13 years old, my mother was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer," Ríos Cantú said in a company video for his new invention. "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." 

Ríos Cantú and three of his friends started Higia Technologies last year and has since developed Eva, the breast cancer detection bra, under the brand. The bra's tactile sensors map the breast's surface and monitor texture, color, and temperature. The data it collects is available on an app that can be downloaded to both a user's mobile device or desktop. 

"When there is a tumor in the breast there is more blood, more heat, so there are changes in temperature and in texture," Ríos Cantú said in an interview with El Universal. "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."

While women should be performing routine self-examinations of their breasts, changes caused by breast cancer are not always apparent. It can be frustrating and confusing for women to feel parts of their breasts and be unsure about whether or not what they're feeling is normal. Eva can help to reduce those feelings and won't be subjected to human error. 

The bra made headlines last week when it won the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards finals competition, where 56 young entrepreneurs from 56 countries competed. 

Eva is still in its early, prototype stages, so it could be years before it's available for purchase. However, it's exciting to see such a young person aim to make a huge impact for so many people. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, according to The American Cancer Society, and about 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. 

(H/T: HuffPost


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