One teen’s brilliant idea has scored him and award and women hope in the fight against cancer.
An 18-year-old student from Mexico won the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) this weekend for his creation of EVA, an intelligent bra that can help in the early detection of breast cancer.
Julian Rios Cantu was inspired to do something while watching his mother repeatedly fight cancer until finally she had both breasts removed. Cantu’s revolutionary new bra is equipped with around 200 biosensors that map the surface of the breast and monitor its temperature, shape and weight. Bonus: you only have to wear it for one hour a week.
The engineering student explained that the biosensors map the surface of the breast and can determine thermal conductivity by specific zones. More heat would indicate more blood flow, he said, therefore indicating that those blood vessels are “feeding” something — usually some type of cancer.
Cantu beat out 13 students from around the world and took home a 20-thousand dollar prize.