Teenager creates bra that can detect earliest signs of breast cancer

Teenager creates bra that can detect earliest signs of breast cancer

Most teenagers spend their free time out with friends, going to the mall, and partaking in the few carefree years left before college. For 18-year-old Julian Rios Cantu, his free time was spent trying to save the world.

The creator

Cantu, a teenager in Mexico, has created an early warning system to detect breast cancer. After his mom died of cancer when he was 13, he wanted to develop a method that could discover breast cancer earlier in the body.

For those with a genetic predisposition to the disease, the Eva bra is his solution, an invention that came together with him and three friends.

Together, with their company Higia Technologies, they won a $20,000 US monetary prize and the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards. The trio has even raised enough money to start testing their product.

How it works

The bra is equipped with 200 biosensors that monitor breasts’ temperature, weight, and shape – all changing indicators of cancer. Tumors cause an abnormal system of blood vessels, attracting and increasing blood flow that raises body temperature, which is the science behind the bra. The bra records this temperature change, setting off the “alarm” of a potential tumor in the breast.

Women won’t have to wear it all the time – an appealing and convenient factor. The bra only needs to be worn between 60-90 minutes a week. Users are alerted through an app, which monitors and tracks the wear and any changes to blood temperature. All information is logged there for quick and easy access.

An admirable cause

The bra needs an estimated two years before it can be certified for users, and even then, whether it works would depend on medical trial before cancer experts. A preliminary concern is that the early signs the bra addresses aren’t always reliable markers of a tumor in the body.

While this bra is only at the prototype stage, it’s great to see a younger generation interested in science, and it’s a valiant effort that combines fashion and health.

Helping women

Breast cancer has touched the lives of so many people. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 41,000 women die of breast cancer each year in the U.S. Cantu is doing more than helping others, he’s creating a new way to detect a fatal disease early.

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