"The tumor grew from the size of a grain of rice to that of a golf ball in less than six months," Cantú said. "In her words, she felt 'mutilated' by her disease."
This situation is not uncommon in Mexico, where Cantú and his family live. There, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 30 minutes.
This experience sparked the idea for Cantú, now an 18-year-old entrepreneur, to get his revenge on breast cancer by creating EVA: a bra that can help detect early signs of breast cancer.
Cantú explains women wear the bra for 60-90 minutes a week to regularly monitor her breasts' health.
"Why a bra?" Cantú asks in an interview with El Universal. "Because it allows us to have the breasts in the same position and it doesn't have to be worn more than one hour a week."
"All significant information, including breast color, texture and temperature, is sent via bluetooth to our mobile and web apps," Cantú said. "Finally, our health algorithms analyze the information, with the help of neural networks."
"Higia Technologies is a Mexican biosensors company devoted to boosting women's quality of life by attaining a professionalisation of the self exploration method for the early and effective detection of breast cancer," according to the Higia website.
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