When he was 13, Julian’s mother felt lumps in her breasts, but her doctor told her it was nothing. Six months later, her advanced cancer was finally detected after she underwent a second mammography.
As a result, she had to have a double mastectomy.
He began to research the current diagnostic techniques used in breast cancer detection that resulted in a remarkable invention: A bra that detects cancer.
Julian and two of his friends founded Higia Technologies and were able to secure $20,000 in funding to produce a prototype. When worn between 60 and 90 minutes every week, the bra acts as a warning system by detecting changes in skin temperature that occur as a result of cancerous tumors forming.
As exciting as Higia’s Technologies invention is, cancer experts are warning that people need to temper their excitement.
“We know that tumors often have an abnormal system of blood vessels, but we also know that increased blood flow isn’t necessarily a reliable marker of cancer,” Anna Perman from Cancer Research U.K. said.
“At present, there is no evidence to show whether this bra is a reliable way to detect tumors, and it’s certainly not a good idea for women to use technology that hasn’t been tested in good-quality scientific trials.
“It’s great to see young people like Julian getting into science and having ideas that could help with a cancer diagnosis,” She added. “But an important part of science is rigorous testing, to make sure innovations like this actually benefit patients.”
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