The mother of the 13-years old Julian Rois Cantu was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time, which was a real disaster for the entire family.
She previously struggled with this deadly disease, but in the end, she had a double mastectomy. The son recalled:
“The diagnosis came too late. My mother lost both of her breasts and almost her life.”
Yet, this event served as an inspiration, and Julian was encouraged to try and do something to help women to detect breast cancer in the early stages.
The subtle body changes are sometimes difficult to notice, leading to the late detection of the disease and disastrous consequences.
Namely, this teen, which is now 18, invented an “auto-exploration bra,” which is able to help millions of women. This bra has 200 sensors which detect early signs of breast cancer.
It should be worn for an hour per week. During this time, the sensors map the surface of the breast and gather important information, like blood flow, color, temperature, and texture.
Next, this information is transferred via Bluetooth to a computer or application, and the user might spot any unusual changes.
Starting from this idea, Julian established a company called Higia Technologies, when he was 17, and the company’s aim is to use this ingenious invention, and thus prevent breast cancer and improve overall health.
Recently, it received the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards.