They say necessity is the mother of invention, but for eighteen-year-old Julin Ros Cant from Mexico, his mother was the inspiration for his life-saving invention.
When he was thirteen years old, his mother was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer.
The tumor went from having the dimensions of a grain of rice to that of a golf ball in less than six months,” he said. “The diagnosis came too late and my mother lost both of her breasts and, almost, her life.
This inspired Ros Cant to create Eva, an auto-exploration bra that helps women detect breast cancer early on.
Ros Cant is currently the CEO and co-founder of Higia Technologies, a company he established with three close friends when he was seventeen.
Yes, at seventeen years old, which is kind of amazing.
Eva uses tactile sensors to map the surface of the breast and monitor texture, color and temperature.
The invention was designed particularly for women who have a genetic predisposition to breast cancer, and users can use a mobile or desktop app to review their condition.
We take all that data and store it, Ros Cant explained.
When there is a tumor in the breast there is more blood, more heat, so there are changes in temperature and in texture,” he continued. “We will tell you, in this quadrant there are drastic changes in temperature and our software specializes in caring for that area. If we see a persistent change, we will recommend that you go to the doctor.
It uses a bra because it allows us to keep the breasts in the same position and it doesnt have to be used more than one hour every week.
The entrepreneurs invention is only a prototype, and he estimates itll be two years before it will be certified for use.
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