Disease & Disorders / Human Services

Teen Invents Life Saving Device

A cancer diagnosis is a terrifying thing.  The American Cancer Society estimates that 41,070 women will die of Breast Cancer this year.  The mother of Julian Ríos Cantú experienced it for the second time when her son was only 13 years old.  “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,” Ríos Cantú said.

This changed Julian’s life forever.  He decided he was going to do something to help people take control of their health.  When he turned 17, he started Higia Technologies with 3 of his friends and developed Eva, the auto-exploration bra.  This technology would synch up to an app or desktop site to monitor breast texture, color, and temperature.  The bra, which keeps the breasts in the same position each test, uses tactile sensors and is worn for one hour a week.

“What happens is we take all that data and store it,” Ríos Cantú said in an interview with El Universal. “When there is a tumor in the breast there is more blood, more heat, so there are changes in temperature and in texture. We will tell you, ‘in this quadrant there are drastic 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, and his invention, won top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in May 2017.  56 students from 56 countries participated in the contest.  Ríos Cantú says this is only a prototype and should be available for use as early as 2019.

No matter how grim the world looks or what is thrown at us, we have the power to change the world.  Julian has.  He was faced with a terrible situation and instead of being defeated or letting fear rule over him, he channeled that energy into genius.  His invention will save countless lives.  I salute him!

Original Article by Carolina Moreno, Huffington Post | http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/teen-designs-breast-cancer-detection-bra-after-almost-losing-mom-to-the-disease_us_5908e7dee4b02655f84193ea?section=us_good-news

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