Meet 18-year-old Julián Ríos Cantú, the genius behind a bra that helps detect breast cancer.
Ríos Cantú was only 13 years old when his mother found out that she was diagnosed with cancer for a second time. "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," he said in a video explaining the motivation behind his invention.
The teen engineering student and his friends founded Higia Technologies — a Mexican biosensors company — where they worked on making the Eva bra come to fruition.
You can learn all about their company here.
The team began working on the first prototype of the bra with technology that allowed them to measure temperature, shape, and weight of breasts.
Ríos Cantú explained that breast self-exam allows room for error and he wanted something women could use in between doctor examination appointments.
"When there is a tumor in the breast there is more blood, more heat, so there are serious changes in temperature and in texture. We will tell you, ‘in this quadrant there are sudden 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," he said.
The demo for the Eva bra looks incredibly simple for something that could change the lives of women.
"Why a bra? Because it allows us to keep the breasts in the same position and it doesn’t have to be used more than one hour every week," Ríos Cantú explained.
The Eva bra is so major that the Mexican teen won $20,000 from the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) for his groundbreaking creation.
GSEA is a non-profit international competition series that brought together 56 college student entrepreneurs from 56 countries to participate in the contest.
Although he took the No.1 spot at the prestigious event, Ríos Cantú said that it's going to be at least two years before it can be patented and certified for use.
The brilliant and talented young man wants to "let women know, in the future, there will be a different method [to detect breast cancer]."
Bravo, Ríos Cantú, bravo!