Watching your parents—or any of your loved ones—battle cancer can be a very difficult time. It’s even harder when you’re young. Seeing someone suffer stays with you for the rest of your life. However, while cancer can be hard to cope with, some people use it as an inspiration to make changes in the world. Like, Monterrey engineering student Julian Rios Cantu.
Julian was only 13 years old when his mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a difficult time in his young life to see his mother struggle with the disease. And, after multiple diagnoses and a double mastectomy, Julian’s mom was able to beat cancer out of her system.
Watching his mother go through this traumatic experience inspired Julian to invent something that would help women detect early signs of breast cancer. After doing thorough research and critical thinking about women and the disease, Julian and his three friends developed the EVA bra.
The EVA bra was developed through the company Higia Technologies.
Julian says the device was created primarily for women who have a genetic predisposition to breast cancer. The bra, which should be worn 60 to 90 minutes each week, is equipped with roughly 200 biosensors that map the surface of the breast to monitor its temperature, shape, and weight.
“EVA is a network of biosensors that covers the woman’s breast, takes the temperature data, analyzes them, and sends the information to an application or any computer,” Julian told Infobae. “As soon as there is a malformation in the breast or a tumor, there is an over-vascularization; so to more [flow of] blood, the higher the temperature,” he added.
When Julian entered the bra into the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, he received a $20,000 grant to continue development.
Find out more about the life-saving EVA bra in this informational video: