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Watching his mother suffer, this young Mexican designed a bra that detects breast cancer

Think Change India
posted on 29th May 2017
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Julian Rios Cantu, a young boy from Mexico, who is now 18-years old, has designed a bra that can detect breast cancer for women after watching his mother suffer. Julian was only 13-years old when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, for the second time, and she almost lost her life to the disease.

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This experience pushed him to do his research on the disease and five years later, which is now, he has a design for a bra that detects breast cancer. Julian and couple of his friends started Higia Technologies on their own, and that lead them to design this bra.

Their website mentions them to be 'Devoted to boosting women's quality of life by attaining a professionalisation of the self-exploration method for early and effective detection of breast cancer' and the young gems seem to be sincerely adhering to this. Their innovation includes sensors that shall map the breast's surface and also monitor the temperature, texture, and colour of the breasts. Whenever there are irregular results that signify an issue, alerts shall be sent out through an application.

This prototype still has to go through plenty of medical trails before it actually comes to the market. Anna Perman, from Cancer Research UK, in a chat with BBC said,

We know that tumours often have an abnormal system of blood vessels, but we also know that increased blood flow isn't necessarily a reliable marker of cancer. At present, there is no evidence to show whether this bra is a reliable way to detect tumours, and it's certainly not a good idea for women to use technology that hasn't been tested in good-quality scientific trials.

In his interview with El Universal, Julian said

When there is a tumour in the breast there is more blood, more heat, so there are changes in temperature and in texture.

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