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Teen Designs Bra For Early Breast Cancer Detection

He nearly lost his mom to the deadly disease
by Andrei Medina | May 11, 2017
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Meet Juan Rios Cantu, an 18-year-old Mexican teen who happens to also be the CEO and co-founder of Higia, a startup tech company.

If you think about it, there are already a handful of entrepreneurs in their teens but what differentiates Cantu from his peers is his invention of women’s underwear with a unique feature.

Called the Eva bra, the invention he designed has recently grabbed headlines for its potential to provide users with a means for the early detection of breast cancer.

The concept is so good that even the Mexican President has his eyes on Cantu.

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With the Eva bra, the general idea is it uses tactile sensors to constantly monitor things like the color, texture and temperature of the user’s breasts. These vital information can then be forwarded to an oncologist which is highly crucial for early detection.

And the thing is, Cantu’s motivation for coming up with the potentially life-saving idea is nothing short of sad since he nearly lost his mom—who has undergone a double mastectomy—to the dreaded disease.

“When I was 13 years old, my mom was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer... And all this pain and suffering, a result of a late diagnosis due to the fallibility of current breast cancer detection methods,” he said.

For now, the bra is just a prototype but it already shows promise after winning this year’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards which granted Cantu a $20,000 (about P1 million) prize.

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Here’s to hoping that this wonder boy will eventually complete the Eva bra and have it rolled out for the public soon so we could see less women suffering from breast cancer. Way to go kid!


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