Since his childhood, this teen son saw his mom struggling with breast cancer. Witnessing the pain and trauma that his mother underwent, this boy decided to something greater to help others, who might experience such tragedy in future.
Julian Rios Cantu, a 18-year-old Mexican-based founder of Higia Technologies, has developed a bra which can detect signs of breast cancer—early enough that the chances of a full recovery are far higher.
When he was 13 years old, his mom was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. “The diagnosis came too late,” Julian says in the Higia Technologies video. “My mother lost both of her breasts and almost her life.”
Julian then decided to help others, and his inner voice and dedication led him to invent an “auto exploration bra”. His innovative invention is quipped with 200 bio-sensors that are capable of detecting initial signs of breast cancer.
At the age of 17, Julian establish his own company, Higia Technologies, with the mission to improve the lives of women and prevent breast cancer with new technology. The bra, otherwise known as EVA, was developed with three friends through his company.
According to BBC, the bra is in prototype stage but the team won $20,000 (£15,500) to develop it. The women would need to wear the Eva bra for just 60 – 90 minutes a week.
The Higia Technologies was recently awarded the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards (GSEA) in Frankfurt, Germany on April 27-29.
However, Anna Perman from Cancer Research UK told BBC: “At present, there is no evidence to show whether this bra is a reliable way to detect tumors, and it’s certainly not a good idea for women to use technology that hasn’t been tested in good-quality scientific trials.”
“It’s great to see young people like Julian getting into science and having ideas that could help with cancer diagnosis,” she said.