A student’s latest innovation could protect millions of women from advanced stages of breast cancer in the future.
Julian Rios Cantu, an 18-year-old teenager from Mexico, developed the EVA, an “auto exploration bra,” that contains 200 sensors that can help detect early signs of breast cancer, The Telegraph reported.
The smart bra only has to be worn once a week, and once it’s put on, sensors read the color, surface, texture and temperature of the breasts. These heat sensors analyze blood flow, which is often used to determine if anything appears abnormal or if blood is going to cancer cells. This data is then transferred to a smartphone app or computer via Bluetooth and processed by a neutral network.
Cantu was inspired to create the patent pending EVA bra after witnessing his own mother’s battle with breast cancer, which resulted in a double mastectomy. With mentorship from, president of local business incubator Nuevo León, Cantu established Higia Technologies, the Mexican biosensors company behind his advanced bra concept.
With the mission to improve women’s quality of life, Cantu hopes the Higia Technologies bra could be a global solution for effective breast cancer detection. According to Higia Technologies, 1,700,000 breast cancer cases are diagnosed each year, while 8,200,000 individuals die from breast cancer annually. What’s more, in developing nations, it can take as much as eight months before women receive breast cancer treatment. For women in countries like this—including Mexico—that can’t receive mammograms, the bra could potentially diagnose early signs and help save lives in the long run.
In addition to developing the bra, Cantu’s company was awarded $20,000 at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards for its advanced health development. Held annually, the competition is for students that own and operate a business and are recognized for their capability to positively impact humanity.
Although a release date for the bra has not been determined yet, Cantu’s development could prove an innovative approach to tackle one of today’s most detrimental health conditions.