It’s been estimated that one-in-eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer over the course of their lives. However, thanks to medical advancements, the chances of recovery dramatically increase if it is detected in its early stages.

After he almost lost his mother to the disease, 18-year-old Julian Rios Cantu was determined to create a solution.

Sadly, when he was just 13 years old, his mother was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer.

After discovering lumps in her breast, she went to the doctor for a diagnosis and was told that she had nothing to worry about. Then, just six months later, a second mammography revealed the truth and she had to have a double mastectomy.

Not wanting anyone else to suffer like his mother did, Julian began to research breast cancer and the current diagnostic techniques available. It was then that he came up with a brilliant idea that has the potential to save millions of lives – a cancer-detecting bra.

The bra will be worn for between 60 and 90 minutes a week and act as an early warning system for breast cancer symptoms.

With the help of two friends, Julian formed a company called Higia Technologies. His idea was so impressive that it won $20,000 to develop the cancer-detecting bra to the prototype stage and it could be available as early as next year.

So how exactly does the bra work?