Julian Rios Cantu, a Mexican teenager, has invented a bra that can that can detect early signs of breast cancer.
The Eva bra is designed by Cantu and his three friends, who started a company and raised money to test the bra. Their company, Higia Technologies won the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) in Frankfurt, Germany on April 27-29.
Eva bra is equipped with 200 biosensors inside the lining that can moderate the temperature, texture, blood flow, and coloring of a woman’s breasts. Information is logged in an app which will let women know if there are worrying changes.
Women using the bra would need to wear it for 60-90 minutes a week to get accurate measurements.
The bra is still at the prototype stage. It hasn't been fully tested yet and there would need to be medical trials before cancer experts start recommending it as a way to accurately diagnose cancer.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
-The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A painless, hard mass that has irregular edges is more likely to be cancer, but breast cancers can be tender, soft, or rounded. They can even be painful.
-Swelling of all or part of breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
-Skin irritation or dimpling
-Breast or nipple pain
-Nipple retraction (turning inward)
-Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
-Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)
-Sometimes breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone and cause a lump or swelling there.