Male Teenager Invents Bra That Could Detect Early Signs of Breast Cancer, Wins $20,000 for His Invention

Meet Julian Rios Cantu, the teenager in Mexico who has invented a bra that is designed to detect signs of breast cancer. He was inspired to invent it after his mother passed away because of the disease. Early this month, his company Higia Technologies with three friends won the top prize of $20,000 in Global Student Entrepreneur Awards 2017.

“When I was 13 years old, my mother was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer. 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.” The 18-year old Mexican inventor said in their company video.

Based on the product description on its company’s official website, this so-called “auto exploration bra” or Eva bra contains 200 sensors that would map the surface of the breast and its surrounding areas. The data, which will be based on the texture, color and temperature of the breast of the wearer, will be send to a computer or smartphone app via Bluetooth.

The said data will be processed analyzed via neural network, and the wearer will be informed if she already needs to visit a doctor for breast check-up. As of posting, this Eva bra is still prototype. Mass production is being expected once it is tested and approved. To avoid discomfort, users are only required to use it for one hour in a week.

So far, early signs of breast cancer can only be detected through self-examination and mammogram. According to the American Cancer Society, possible symptoms of breast cancer include having a lump or mass on the breast, swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt), skin irritation or dimpling, breast or nipple pain, among others.