Julián Ríos Cantú almost lost his mother to breast cancer, and he wasn’t going to simply do nothing about it.
The innovative young man has designed a bra which can detect the early stages of the disease. His invention just won the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA).
“When I was 13 years old, my mother was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer,” Julián 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.”
The bra, known as EVA, was developed through Cantú’s company Higa Technologies. There are over 8 million deaths from breast cancer every year. The EVA bra wants to ensure that this number falls dramatically.
In an interview with El Universal, the teenager stated “Why a bra? Because it allows us to have the breasts in the same position and it doesn’t have to be worn more than one hour a week,”
The bra contains hundreds of tiny biosensors which monitor the shape and makeup of a woman’s breasts.
“EVA is a network of biosensors that covers the woman’s breast, takes the temperature data, analyzes them, and sends the information to an application or any computer,” Rios Cantu said, as quoted by Infobae. “As soon as there is a malformation in the breast or a tumor, there is an over-vascularization; so to more [flow of] blood, the higher the temperature,” he added.