The Story Behind a New Bra Designed to Detect Breast Cancer
One teen created the bra after almost losing his mother to the disease.
Eighteen-year-old Julián Ríos Cantú from Mexico came up with the idea to create a breast cancer-detecting bra after witnessing his own mom narrowly survive the disease. "When I was 13 years old, my mother was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer," said Julián in a promotional video for the bra. "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."
Considering his own personal connection with the disease and knowing that, statistically, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, Julián says he felt he had to do something about it.
That's where Eva comes in. The miracle bra helps detect breast cancer by monitoring changes in skin temperature and texture. Similar devices have been developed by Colombian researchers and Nevada-based tech company, First Warning Systems, but Julián's invention is catered specifically toward women who have a genetic predisposition to the disease.
Using sensors, the device monitors the surface of the skin inside the bra and then records the changes on a mobile and desktop app. "When there is a tumor in the breast, there is more blood, more heat, so there are changes in temperature and in texture," Julián explained to El Universal, as translated by the Huffington Post. "We will tell you, 'in this quadrant, there are drastic changes in temperature' and our software specializes in caring for that area. If we see a persistent change, we will recommend that you go to the doctor."
Unfortunately, Julian's passion project won't be available to the public for at least two years since it has to go through several certification processes. In the meantime, ask your doctor how often you should have a mammogram (and when you should start). And, if you haven't' already, now's the time to officially learn how to conduct a proper self-examination. (Next up: Check out these everyday habits that can help lower your risk of developing breast cancer.)