Is a bra that detects cancer in your future?
Most women over the age of 40 are advised to get a mammogram yearly to detect breast cancer early. Now, a new wearable technology is on the way: a bra that detects cancer!
ICYDK, this new technology was developed by a teenager! That’s right, 18-year-old Julian Rios Cantu won honors at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards for his noteworthy creation! His mother is a cancer survivor and inspired Julian to create a bra that is able to detect texture, color, and temperature of the breast by sensors. This bra is not intended to replace going to your doctor or getting a yearly mammogram. However, it is intended to alert a woman to any changes in her breasts. Julian said, “When there is a tumor in the breast, there is more blood, more heat, so there are changes in temperature and in texture. If we see a persistent change, we will recommend that you go to the doctor.”
This is great news as one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. That’s about 12% of the population in the US. In this year alone, approximately 252,710 new cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States. And although deaths from breast cancer are on the decline, about 40,610 women in the Unites States alone are expected to die from breast cancer in 2017.
So that’s a lot of women who will appreciate another way of spotting abnormalities in their breasts early on! Although this bra is not yet available, Julian hopes it will be ready to use in about two years time!
Congratulations to Julian! Let’s hear it for young minds that are constantly working to better our world and our lives!
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