18-Year-Old Invents Life-Saving Bra After Watching His Mom Battle Breast Cancer

Anyone who’s had cancer touch their life in one form or another knows how devastating the disease can be. There’s never any guarantee when it comes to something so life-threatening. That’s why prevention and early diagnosis are key.

Monterrey engineering student Julian Rios Cantu was only 13 years old when his mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer.

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After multiple diagnoses and a double mastectomy, Julian’s mom was able to beat the cancer out of her system.

Watching his mother go through this traumatic experience inspired Julian to invent something that would help women detect early signs of breast cancer.

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The EVA bra was developed by Julian and his three friends through the company Higia Technologies.

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Julian says the device was created primarily for women who have a genetic predisposition to breast cancer. The bra, which should be worn 60 to 90 minutes each week, is equipped with roughly 200 biosensors that map the surface of the breast to monitor its temperature, shape, and weight.

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“EVA is a network of biosensors that covers the womans breast, takes the temperature data, analyzes them, and sends the information to an application or any computer,” Julian told Infobae. “As soon as there is a malformation in the breast or a tumor, there is an over-vascularization; so to more [flow of] blood, the higher the temperature,” he added.

When Julian entered the bra into the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, he received a $20,000 grant to continue development.

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Find out more about the life-saving EVA bra in this informational video:

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Written by Emily Burns

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