Seventeen-year-old Julian Rios Cantu just brought home $20,000 from the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards for his invention: EVA, a bra that uses biosensors to detect early signs of breast cancer.
EVA, which earned Rios Cantu the title of best enterprising student in the world, is expected to help diagnose women predisposed to breast cancer. Though EVA is the result of more than a year of research, and the aid of several great minds, Cantu’s journey with breast cancer began when it nearly killed someone very close to him.
Rios Cantu was only 13 when his mother, Graciela, was first diagnosed with breast cancer.
Though her first diagnosis was caught early, El Universal reported, doctors still had to remove her breast to fight off the cancer. Her second diagnosis was caught at a late stage, causing her and her family to endure the effects of intense treatment. To save her life, doctors removed her other breast. In Mexico, Graciela’s story is not uncommon. As Infobae reported, in Mexico, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 30 minutes, according to the Ministry of Health.
As El Universal reported, a major problem in Mexico is that the resources for diagnosis are limited as compared to the potential number of patients.
At the age of 17, Rios Cantu formed Higia Technologies with three other friends.
With the help of his friend, Rios Cantu, an engineering student and Higia’s CEO and co-founder, spent more than a year developing the technology necessary to make EVA a reality. According to Higia, the “Breast cancer detection bra” is “equipped with tactile sensors to map the surface of the breast and the surrounding areas.” The biosensors measure temperature, and because tumors require blood, it leads to increased blood flow, which creates a higher temperature in the affected breast.
The bra collects data for analysis on app or computer, Infobae reported.
In order to collect data, the user is expected to wear EVA once a week for 60 to 90 minutes at a time. Rios Cantu explained the motivation for using the bra versus using more traditional methods, saying that a breast self-exam allows for human error that can lead to death. On the other hand, the bra takes into account variables like breast temperature, color, and roughness, and analyzes the data through software to give a diagnosis, El Universal reported.
While EVA is expected to help patients receive an early diagnosis, Dr. Enrique Bargello believes that one of the main challenges facing women in Mexico is education. Early diagnosis is very important for one’s survival and education play a key role in that. For more information, click here.
Most of us dread going to the doctor for a mammogram and we push off getting the procedure done, no matter how important it is to our health. Of course, getting your boobs mashed into cold medical machines doesn’t sound like a good time, but it’s something you just have to do.
Recent research has found that Latinas and women of color are at higher risk when it comes to breast cancer fatalities. And this is mostly due to a lack of outreach to Latinas for medical breast cancer research. The disease is hitting a lot of Latina groups, including Mexican, Cuban and Puerto Rican women.
The proceeds raised by your purchase will go to important programs like “Survivor Support”, where Latinas Contra Cancer host a monthly Spanish language survivor support group and other events to encourage self-care for survivors and caregivers in the community. Donations to LCC also help keep their ‘Wig & Breast Prothesis Boutique” running. In this unique space, the organization provides cancer survivors with a personalized shopping experience with caring staff and trained mastectomy fitters both in English and Spanish, at no cost.
Latinas are diagnosed at more advanced stages of breast cancer and are 20% more likely to die from the disease, so stop putting off that mammogram and get checked now.
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While Latinas experience breast cancer at lower rates than most ethnic groups, they tend to be diagnosed at more advanced stages, making them 20 percent more likely than white women to die from the disease. According to Susan G. Komen, Latinas have a greater probability of discovering the disease at later stages, often when the tumors are larger and have spread, because they are less likely to schedule consistent mammogram exams and more likely to delay follow-ups after an abnormal test result, often due to low-income, a lack of health insurance and limited English proficiency.
Breast cancer happens to women of all ages. Don’t forget to check your chichis in routine self-breast examinations and visit your doctor if you feel anything abnormal.
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While the general consensus is that the ideal age at which you should start going to the doctor for breast cancer screenings is forty, it’s important for women to remember that breast cancer in young women is also possible. Mammogram screenings are essential for detecting breast cancer in all women, whether they’re experiencing symptoms or not. And don’t forget to touch your chichis. Self-breast examinations have saved women of all ages, be sure to self examine your breasts routinely and go to the doctor if you spot anything abnormal. About 80% of breast lumps are benign. Still, you can prevent a lot of the false alarms you would maybe experience otherwise by always checking in with your doctor.
Throughout the month of October, women and men across the globe are observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month to highlight the importance of early screening. The issue of breast cancer, as most fans of Rihanna know, is very near to her heart and recently, the singer announced that she is jumping into the ring, once again, to join the fight. Bad Gal Riri recently announced that she is releasing a Savage X Thrivers Xtra VIP Box for Breast Cancer Awareness month and her strategy is decked out in a whole lot of lace and pink frills.
The singer took to her Instagram account to announce the all-pink limited edition collection and her effort to support survivors and fighters.
Taking to her Instagram account, Rihanna shared a post of four women modeling her new line while also battling breast cancer. This October, @savagexfenty and I are highlighting 4 of the strongest, most badass and inspiring women we like to call our #SAVAGEXTHRIVERS in support of breast cancer awareness month! With every pink style purchased, you’ll help the @ClaraLionelFdn fund critical research for this lesser-known group of young women living with aggressive forms of breast cancer. Read their stories and shop the collection NOW at savagex.com/sxfthrivers to join the fight!” she wrote.
Speaking to Paper magazine the singer stated that she wants “to raise awareness for under-served breast cancer communities and the Savage X Thrivers represent young women of all walks of life living and thriving with cancer. The easiest way for people to get involved and make a difference is by shopping this box and collection.”
The limited-edition range, called Thrivers, will send proceeds to Clara Lionel Foundation.
The American nonprofit organization was founded in 2012 by Rihanna and was made in an effort to help and support impoverished communities across the globe. The singer founded the organization in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. In 2012, the singer’s grandmother died after battling cancer and Rihanna has set out to honor her life and battle with cancer in the years since. All purchases will include donations to the Clara Lionel Foundation with a minimum donation of $3.75 for each product sold.
Rihanna’s new line spotlights a lesser-known group of “thrivers” who are living with aggressive forms of breast cancer.
Speaking about their experiences of battling cancer and modeling for Rihanna’s fashion line, each of the influencer’s opened up about their journeys of finding hope and self-love through cancer. “Sharing the evolution of your journey and your experiences makes other people feel less alone, less of an anomaly. It also raises awareness that if something feels wrong, you should get it checked out,” Seban says in the campaign. “I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 24-years-old. Did not think it could happen at that age so I decided to be really open about my story and I started vlogging my entire story.”
Muñiz also shared her journey, saying that her cancer diagnosis presented new struggled she had not been prepared for but in the long run taught her quite a bit about self-love. “I hated my body for the longest time the most difficult part for me was probably the skin reaction. I prepared for the scars on my chest I prepared for the hairless but it’s so your face the acne and I was not prepared for that so that has been the longest journey to self-love is my skin. it sucks that it took cancer to get there but I’m here,” she said before continuing on to say “I’m still learning, but I feel like I love myself and I love my body more than I ever have. It sucks that it took cancer for me to get there, but I’m here, and I’m learning every day,” adds Muniz.
The new range includes bras, robes, underwear, and sleepwear, all of which are quickly selling out.
You can buy individual items or buy the VIP Box which features the best of the line.
Not only does the new Fenty range present intimate and beautiful pieces it also features survivor stories from the women featured in the campaign. Each women’s story is being shared on Savage x Fenty site throughout the month of October. So break out your credit cards and get ready to fill up your cart with the cutest bra sets yet. You won’t feel guilty since it’s for such a great cause!