18-Year-Old Invents a Breast Cancer Detection Bra After Nearly Losing His Mom to the Disease

By: | May 17th, 2017

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Julian Rios Cantú, an eighteen-year-old student from Mexico, has invented the Eva bra that enables the detection of breast cancer in its early stages. After nearly losing his mother to breast cancer, Cantú decided to invent something to help women detect this deadly disease early on.

Cantú said, “When I was 13 years old, my mother was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer. 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.”

How it works: The Eva bra is equipped with 200 biosensors which help in monitoring the temperature, shape, and weight of a woman’s breasts.

To review their condition, women can make use of a mobile or desktop app. One need not wear it for the whole day as 60 to 90 minutes are enough for this bra to get the information.

Cantú explained, “What happens is we take all that data and store it. 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.”

This is no doubt a remarkable discovery. Though the bra is still at the prototype stage, the team has now won $20,000 (£15,500) to develop it further.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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