Breast cancer is one of the leading types of cancers affecting women of all ages and backgrounds. Spotting early signs and symptoms of breast cancer can be difficult which is where a young Mexican boy steps onto the scene, offering a solution.
Mexico-native Julián Ríos Cantú, who is just 19 years old, joined forces with three friends and invented a medical bra which uses technology smart enough to detect early breast cancer indications.
The idea came to the teenagers after his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer herself. Cantu’s mother experienced breast cancer as a result of not noticing early warning signs and nearly died. As a result of the harsh diagnosis, Ríos Cantú’s mom lost both her breasts and he decided to do something about it.
‘My mom could have had a better outcome if she had been diagnosed earlier, but because of the high density of her breasts, the X-ray missed the tumors. At that moment I realized that if that was the case for a woman with private insurance and a prevention mindset, then for most women in developing countries, like Mexico where we’re from, the outcome could’ve not been a mastectomy but death,’ he explained.
Ríos Cantú did all research necessary to start his invention and got to know breast cancer up-close and personal. A few business deals later, and governed by a great team of people, the boy finally had a product in sight. A bra, so powerful, that it could detect the earliest signs of breast cancer. The company which develops the bra is called Higia Technologies, and the product itself was named EVA.
Here’s how it works: