Breast cancer is to most common cancer among women worldwide, affecting 1.7 million women annually. Julian Rios Cantu’s mother was one of these women, which led to doctors having to remove both of her breasts. In Mexico, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 30 minutes, according to the Ministry of Health. His personal experience with the horrid disease inspired the student to develop EVA. The bra uses biosensors to detect early signs of breast cancer.
Rios Cantu founded the company Higia Technologies with three of his friends. The goal was to create a way of detecting breast cancer, without having to resort to self-examination or painful mammograms. It took the students over a year to develop their final product; a bra. As to why a bra, the answer is simple: it allows the breasts to be in a normal position. It is also an easy way to check for changes, without the ability of human error. After all, not a lot of women know exactly how to check for breast cancer.
The bra makes use of around 200 biosensors. These sensors measure shape, weight and temperature. Measuring temperature is important, because tumours require blood. This leads to an increased blood flow in that area, which causes a higher temperature. To get the best results, users have to wear the bra at least once a week, for 60 to 90 minutes. The bra analyses the information using software, and then sends the analysis to an application or computer.
Winning the GSEA’s means that Rios Cantu takes home $20.000 to further develop the bra. The Everis Mexico Award for Entrepreneurs won him one million pesos — $52.631 — in 2016.