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After His Mom is Diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Young Boy Creates Higia To Save Thousands

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Higia breast cancer attachment

When he was 13 years old, Julian Rios Cantu’s mother was diagnosed with cancer for the second time that almost took her life. This motivated Julian to investigate how to help patients with breast cancer and, after 2 years of research, he created a special bra attachment called Higia that can help in the early detection of breast cancer.


"The tumor went from being the size of a grain of rice to the size of a golf ball in less than 6 months," says the young man, regarding his mother's cancer. But the diagnosis was late, "my mom lost both breasts and almost her life."

This motivated her son and, at only 17 years old, as a student at the Technological Institute of Monterrey (ITM), Julián created a bra attachment to detect breast cancer. With an international award, this young man developed 'Eva', a special bra attachment that can help detect breast cancer by using it 1 hour per week. "Eva is not a bra, it is a patch of biosensors," clarifies the young creator, since the network of biosensors can be placed under or inside a bra.

The 'intelligent bra' or 'self-explorer bra' contains 200 touch biosensors that scan the surface of the breasts to detect changes in color, texture, and temperature.

"EVA is a network of biosensors that goes over the breasts of the woman, takes temperature data, analyzes them, and from there, sends information to an app or to any computer,” informs Julián.

Through a mobile application or a computer, the information recorded by this attachment can be sent to the patient's oncologist every week.

Its purpose is to diagnose cancer ahead of time and to anticipate its appropriate medical treatment. "The device does not offer a diagnosis, but only a risk assessment as prevention. The diagnosis can only be made by the pathologist according to the biopsy," says the Conacyt statement on the device. “After detecting an abnormality, the oncologist or doctor is alerted. "

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"EVA is not intended to be a substitute for mammography, given that mammograms are the most efficient way to determine the exact place of cancer in the breast," adds the statement from Conacyt that reported the start of clinical trials prior to the commercialization of EVA, in collaboration with the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS).

The 'Eva' bra was presented in Germany at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) by its creators in May of last year, winning an award that helped them boost their technology company to develop their invention, which was added to the Everis Award Mexico for entrepreneurs.

Here is his TED talk presentation in Spanish.

At 16 years old, the young Monterrey resident and a colleague created the company Higia Technologies and, with four other schoolmates, formed a team to create a more accurate way to detect breast cancer early, but that was also less painful and aggressive than a mammogram.

Now, they seek to make it possible for those who need this to have access it in 2018, according to estimates from Higia, which already has interested buyers from various parts of the world.

To make it possible, they have summoned technologists to join their effort. They also seek to make technological contributions to detect diabetic foot and testicular cancer.
So, it seems that we will have more news on the talent of this young man and his colleagues.

What are your thoughts on this amazing advancement in the medical field? Do you think that this truly will have the power to save lives? Please let us know in the comments.

Reference: La Gran Epoca