After almost losing his mother to breast cancer, Mexican teen Julián Ríos Cantú came up with an invention that could help save the lives of millions of women. The 18-year-old entrepreneur designed the Eva, a bra that detects changes in the breast. Using tactile sensors, the bra can record changes in temperature, texture and colour, all indicators of possible breast cancer. Women only have to wear the bra for one hour each week, with the data recorded on a mobile desktop app. If noticeable changes are indicated, the software will suggest the woman see her doctor.
The Eva bra is specifically designed for women who are predisposed to breast cancer, something Cantú is familiar with. In a video posted on the company site and translated by The Huffington Post, Cantú says “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 design of the Eva was something that played a large role in the success of the invention, not only making it easy for women to wear, but also serving a functional purpose. Designing the Eva as a bra ” allows us to keep the breasts in the same position,” says Cantú, which is a necessity for getting an accurate reading on the area. At only 17, Cantú started the Higia Technologies company with three friends, with the company’s main product the Eva bra. Thanks to the incredible new product, Cantú recently won a Global Student Entrepreneur Award, which features competitors from 56 countries. The Eva still has more testing and trials to pass and will likely go to the market in two years. We know Cantú’s mother must be proud.