An 18-year old student from Mexico has designed a bra that is able to detect an early stage of breast cancer. With his idea, Julian Rios Cantu won top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA). Julian became inspired by his mother’s fight with the breast cancer, which caused both her breasts being removed. He decided to do something to help women in the battle with the disease. He developed the, known as EVA, with three friends through his company Higia Technologies. The bra was primarily created for women with genetic predisposition to cancer.

How does it work?

The breast cancer detection bra, equipped with around 200 tactile sensors, maps the surface of the breast and is able to monitor changes in temperature, shape, and weight. In order to give a precise diagnosis about the breasts’ health, the bra needs to monitor the breasts for 60-90 minutes per week. All significant information monitored will be send by Bluetooth to the mobile and web app. Finally, the health algorithms analyse the information with the help of neural networks. The weekly output is instantly sent to the woman and her personal oncologist.

Saving lives

Because of regularly monitoring, abnormalities in the breasts can be detected in an earlier stage and thus the tumours can be removed in time. This reduces times gaps by up to 95%. And thereby increases the chances to survive breast cancer. At this point the bra is ‘only’ a prototype, the first ones will be for sale in two years. Will this mean that of the 1.7 million cases yearly diagnosed with breast cancer, many will survive? Let’s hope so!

This is how the bra works (enable subtitles):