An 18-year-old from Mexico has designed a bra that can detect signs of breast cancer early on. Julian Rios Cantu says that he was inspired by his mum’s battle with breast cancer, which eventually lead to her having a double mastectomy. His design has now won the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards.
Known as EVA, the bra has been developed with the help of three friends through Julian’s company Higia Technologies, with the intention of being used by women with a genetic predisposition to cancer. It’s equipped with around 200 biosensors which allow the bra to map the surface of the breast, monitoring changes in temperature, weight and shape.
In some cases, an increase in heat can suggest more blood flow – indicating that those blood vessels are feeding on something, which tends to be some type of cancer. ‘As soon as there is a malformation of the breast or a tumour, there is an excess of vascularization,’ Julian tells Infobae. ‘The greater the flow of blood, the higher the temperature.’ (*Source: METRO Wednesday 3 May 2017)
The bra offers a more accurate alternative to checking your own breasts and a less aggressive option to mammograms. ‘EVA is a network of biosensors that goes on the breast of the woman, takes the temperature data analysed and from there sends information to an application or any computer,’ says Julian. You only have to wear the EVA bra for 60-90 minutes a week for it to pick up on any changes.