After nearly losing his mother to breast cancer, a Mexican teen decided to invent something to help women detect the disease during its early stages.
This experience pushed the now 18-year-old entrepreneur to design Eva, an auto-exploration bra that helps women detect breast cancer early on. Ríos Cantú is currently the CEO and co-founder of Higia Technologies, a company he established with three close friends when he was 17.
On Saturday, the breast cancer detection bra won the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards finals competition, which hosted 56 student entrepreneurs from 56 countries.
Eva uses tactile sensors to map the surface of the breast and monitor texture, color and temperature. The invention was designed particularly for women who have a genetic predisposition to breast cancer, and users can use a mobile or desktop app to review their condition.
The entrepreneur’s invention is only a prototype, and he estimates it’ll be two years before it will be certified for use, according to the Mexican newspaper.
The American Cancer Society estimates 41,070 women will die of breast cancer in the United States this year.