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After Almost Losing Mom To Breast Cancer This Teen Designs A Bra That Could Help Detect It Early
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Teen Designs A Bra That Helps Detect Breast Cancer After Almost Losing Mom To The Disease

Despite all the suffering, hardships also have tremendous inspiration potential. After almost losing his mother to breast cancer, one Mexican teen decided to help women all over the world to detect the disease in its early stages.

“When I was 13 years old, my mother was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer,” 18-year-old CEO and co-founder of Higia Technologies, Julián Ríos Cantú says. “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.”

This inspired Ríos Cantú to create Eva, an auto-exploration bra that helps women detect breast cancer early on. The device already won the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards finals competition, in which 56 student entrepreneurs from 56 countries competed.

The cornerstone of Eva are its tactile sensors that map the surface of the breast, and monitor its texture, color and temperature. Users can view their condition via a mobile or desktop app. “We take all that data and store it,” Ríos Cantú explains. “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.”

The invention is still only a prototype but its creators estimate it will be certified for use in two years. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 82,000 women will die of breast cancer during this period in the US alone.

More info: higia.tech (h/t: huffpost)

“When I was 13 years old, my mother was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer,” 18-year-old Julián Ríos Cantú says

“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”

This horrific experience inspired Ríos Cantú to try and help women all over the world to detect the disease in its early stages when its treatment is much easier

Eventually, the teenager designed Eva, an auto-exploration bra that detects breast cancer early on

Its tactile sensors map the surface of the breast, and monitor its texture, color and temperature

“When there is a tumor in the breast there is more blood, more heat, so there are changes in temperature and in texture”

Developers estimate that the invention will be certified in 2 years. Watch the video presentation below:

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Alice P
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5 years ago

great job.. your mother would proud you.

person (i think)
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5 years ago

Luckily, i think his mom is actually alive. The wording in the article is a little weird, but i think she did survive (but almost didnt).

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Cat Meow
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5 years ago

What a great invention! I hope that whenever this bra is introduced on the market it'll be affordable to every woman. As someone who'S lost a family member to breast cancer, I'd like all my female family members to have one of those. It's much easier than getting a mammography every couple of years (I'm fortunate to life in a country where it's paid for by insurance starting with their 50th birthday. Although, it's been proven that breast cancer in younger woman is on the rise... But regular breast screenings are paid for once you're 30)

Celeste Spaniel
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5 years ago

This is amazing and I will definitely be buying one as soon as they come out!

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Alice P
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5 years ago

great job.. your mother would proud you.

person (i think)
Community Member
5 years ago

Luckily, i think his mom is actually alive. The wording in the article is a little weird, but i think she did survive (but almost didnt).

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Cat Meow
Community Member
5 years ago

What a great invention! I hope that whenever this bra is introduced on the market it'll be affordable to every woman. As someone who'S lost a family member to breast cancer, I'd like all my female family members to have one of those. It's much easier than getting a mammography every couple of years (I'm fortunate to life in a country where it's paid for by insurance starting with their 50th birthday. Although, it's been proven that breast cancer in younger woman is on the rise... But regular breast screenings are paid for once you're 30)

Celeste Spaniel
Community Member
5 years ago

This is amazing and I will definitely be buying one as soon as they come out!

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