Are Cancer-Detecting Bras the Future of Underwear?

Gina Marinelli

If you’ve been keeping track, you might have noticed there are new advancements in wearable technology popping up all the time. But in some of the latest news, we found out that we have a teenager to thank for the latest advancement that’s not only genius, but it could also save lives.

As the Huffington Post reports, 18-year-old Julián Ríos Cantú recently won top honors at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards for his creation of a bra that detects breast cancer, a project inspired by his own mother, who’s a survivor. And with one in eight women anticipated to be diagnosed with breast cancer, according to Cancer.gov, we can’t help but root for this young inventor’s success.

Here’s how Cantú’s creation will work: Using sensors, the bra is able to pick up on and record texture, color, and temperature of the breast. While the device won’t be able to replace any kind of one-on-one medical examination, it will be able to alert women to any changes they should be aware of. “When there is a tumor in the breast, there is more blood, more heat, so there are changes in temperature and in texture,” Cantú told El Universal. “If we see a persistent change, we will recommend that you go to the doctor.”

While the bra is not quite ready to debut to the world, HuffPo says that the designer hopes his life-preserving device will be certified to use in two years.

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