What if you could wear a bra that might tell you if you have breast cancer? Well, that may be a reality soon, thanks to an 18-year-old in Mexico. Julian Rios Cantu, the inventor of the bra, said he was inspired by his mother’s own struggle with breast cancer to help other women.
In the video posted by Fusion, Cantu stated, “When I was 13 years old, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time.” He went on to explain that both of his mothers breasts were removed, because her diagnosis came so late. Because of his invention, he recently won $20,000, the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) for his creation of EVA, a smart bra that can detect cancer through heat.
So, how does it work? The bra, which doesn’t have to be worn for more than 1 hour a week, has about 200 biosensors that map the surface of the breast and monitor its temperature, shape and weight. It is targeted to women with genetic predisposition to the disease. The biosensors “can determine thermal conductivity by specific zones. More heat would indicate more blood flow, he said, therefore indicating that those blood vessels are “feeding” something — usually some type of cancer,” according to the NY Post.
This isn’t the first bra that may be able to detect breast cancer.
Maria Camila Cortes, an electrical engineering student at Colombia’s National University, is also working on the bra that has as similar focus. Check out the video here:
This Mexican teen designed a bra to detect early signs of breast cancer: