Monterrey, Mexico - An 18-year-old student from Mexico recently won the top prize at the 2017 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) for his creation of EVA, an intelligent bra that can help in the early detection of breast cancer.
Julian Rios Cantu said he was inspired by his mother's struggles as she repeatedly battled the disease and eventually had both breasts removed.
He said the device was conceived primarily for women with genetic predisposition to the disease.
"Why a bra? Because it allows us to have the breasts in the same position and it doesn't have to be worn more than one hour a week," Julian said in an interview with El Universal newspaper.
Rios Cantu, an engineering student from Monterrey, 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.
"EVA is a network of biosensors that covers the woman's breast, takes the temperature data, analyzes them, and sends the information to an application or any computer," Rios Cantu said, as quoted by Infobae.
"As soon as there is a malformation in the breast or a tumor, there is an over-vascularization; so to more [flow of] blood, the higher the temperature," he added.
Rios Cantu took home $20,000 after beating out 13 other student entrepreneurs from around the world. He had previously won the first edition of Mexico's Everis Award for Entrepreneurs. This year's GSEA award was presented on April 29, 2017 at a ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany.Original article