I lost my mom to cancer when I was a teenager. I’m always so impressed by people who’ve experienced cancer in their family and still insist on fighting back.
An 18-year-old boy from Mexico has wowed scientists with his recent invention: a bra that claims to be able to detect early breast cancer symptoms. Student Julián Ríos Cantú recently won the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) for his design, and many hope that it will help save lives by alerting women to the early symptoms of breast cancer, before the disease becomes life-threatening.
The bra, which has been named EVA, is fitted with approximately 200 biosensors which monitor any changes in temperature, weight and shape of the breasts—all potential indicators of breast cancer. If the bra detects a higher temperature in the breast, for example, it could suggest that this is because there’s a greater blood flow to the area, possibly because of the growth of a tumor.
“As soon as there is a malformation in the breast or a tumour, there is an over-vascularisation; so the more [flow of] blood, the higher the temperature,” Cantu explained.
And the bra doesn’t have to be worn 24/7 to work, either. “[It] allows us to have the breasts in the same position [so it can detect change] and it doesn’t have to be worn more than one hour a week,” the teen said.
Cantu explained how he was drawn to the invention after his mother suffered from breast cancer, and had to have both her breasts removed as a result.
The student beat 13 other young entrepreneurs at the GSEAs, and took home a prize of $20,000 following his win. It’s not known whether or not this money might be invested into developing the bra more widely, but we’re hoping larger companies might take notice of the invention and invest in it—if it could save lives, it’s certainly worth it.
(Source: Woman’s Day)