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Teenager designs bra that could actually detect breast cancer

This young man's incredible invention could save your life.

Teenagers: they really can do anything if they set their mind to it – especially when someone they cherish is at risk of dying.
Such is the case for Julián Ríos Cantú, an 18-year-old boy from Mexico who has endured what no child ever should: watching his mother almost die from breast cancer. Twice.
It was this experience that spurred Cantú, along with three of his friends, to design a bra-like device that could, in fact, detect breast cancer.
Cantú’s company, Higis Technologies, created the bra, known as EVA, and, as reported by Stylist, it is aimed at women with a genetic predisposition to this type of cancer.
“When there is a tumour in the breast, there is more blood, more heat and then there are sudden changes in temperature, in texture,” Cantú told El Universal upon winning the top award at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards for this genius device.
Not only that, but the bra is locked and loaded with hundreds of biosensors that work to monitor these changes in one’s breast.
The idea is that the data is then collated, changes are tracked, and if these changes do persist, the bra-wearer is urged to seek medical advice.
For us, one of the truly remarkable features of this bra is that it only needs to be worn for one hour a week in order to gauge any changes in your breast.
While there is still a lot of research and testing on the device that needs to be done – Cantú is currently working with oncologists in California to bring this dream technology to life – this bra is certainly a step in the right direction.
What are the signs and symptoms of breast cancer?
Besides a breast lump, which a significant amount of diagnosed women bring to their doctors, women should also seek professional advice for:
• Nipple abnormalities including redness, crusting or clear/bloody discharge
• Breast pain or discomfort
• Breast skin abnormalities
• Breast ulcerations
• Swelling or lump in the armpit
• Back or muscular pain
• Breathlessness
• Changes to the contour or shape of the breast
Breast cancer in numbers
• Around 3000 women in New Zealand are diagnosed with breast cancer each year
• 8 women are diagnosed each day, and of those eight one will be Maori
•More than 600 women will die from the disease each year
• The risk of breast cancer increases with age with around 75 per cent of all cases of breast cancer found in women over 50.
• Regular mammograms can find cancer early and save lives. The 10 year survival rate is 92 per cent if a breast cancer is found through a mammogram compared to 75 per cent if it is found through chance or self examination
Early detection is vital and can save lives. If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, wish to find out more, or want to book in for a check-up, visit your local GP today.
This story originally appeared on NowToLove.com.au