According to BreastCancer.org, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women, aside from skin cancer.
Estimates report that of the 30-percent of women who were diagnosed with cancer last year, they were found to have breast cancer.
As of March 2017, 3.1 million women living in the U.S. have a history of breast cancer, including those currently being treated and those who have completed treatment.
Despite the alarming numbers, the rate at which women are being diagnosed, as well as the mortality rate among breast cancer sufferers, has declined in the last 20 years.
Analysts believe the decline is due in part to progressive research over the past two decades that identifies potential causes and that more women are heeding the warnings.
Still, breast cancer claims the lives of 40,000 women each year.
An 18-year-old named Julian Rios Cantu in Mexico wants to see that number be reduced and believes it can happen with earlier detection.
Five years ago, he watched as his mother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and nearly lost her life. He vowed that he would one day to something to make early detection more accessible to women.
He claims that day has come.
Head to the next page to see how Julian’s invention works…