Could this bra detect breast cancer?When this the Mexican teen, Julián Ríos Cantú, nearly lost his mother to breast cancer, he was inspired to develop a device that would help others detect the disease earlier on.
Now, five years later, he at 18 has invented an auto-exploration bra that could provide an early warning for women developing breast cancer. Around 8,200,000 people die of breast cancer globally each year.
Julian Rios Cantu, 18, and his three friends, developed the Eva bra which is equipped with 200 biosensors that monitor the temperature, shape and weight of a woman's breasts.
By putting the sensors in a bra, the technology ensures that breasts remain in the same position, which allows for more accurate, reliable readings.
Information is logged in an app which will let women know if there are worrying changes.
Tumours change the temperature of skin as a result of increased blood flow but increased blood flow does not necessarily mean the wearer will develop cancer.
Women would need to wear the Eva bra for just 60 - 90 minutes a week.
Recently, the EVA bra won the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in Frankfurt, Germany, beating out 55 other young entrepreneurs from 55 other countries. The 'auto exploration bra' is only at the prototype stage.
'At present, there is no evidence to show whether this bra is a reliable way to detect tumours, and it's certainly not a good idea for women to use technology that hasn't been tested in good-quality scientific trials', Anna Perman from Cancer Research UK told BBC.
What's the advice at the moment for detecting breast cancer?
- Early signs of breast cancer include:
- Lumps in the chest or armpit area
- A change in the size, shape or feel of a breast
- Fluid leaking from the nipple (not breast milk)
- Pain in the chest
You can see more about the symptoms here and you should see a doctor if anything alarms you.
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Although great strides have been made in the detection and treatment of breast cancer, there is still so much work to be done, and the EVA bra has the potential to make a huge difference. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 255,180 new cases of breast cancer in the U.S. this year, and 41,070 deaths.
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