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Does Wearing a Bra Cause Breast Cancer?

I know it seems crazy, but there's a rumor buzzing around that wearing a bra regularly can cause breast cancer, and that underwire bras are the worst culprits. Some folks worry that wearing a bra all day compresses the lymphatic system of the breast, resulting in accumulation of toxins that cause breast cancer. Just about every woman I know wears a bra, so are we all at risk? It doesn't make sense because men can get breast cancer too, and they don't wear bras. At least I don't think so.

Here are some comforting words straight from the American Cancer Society: "We do not know of any epidemiologic studies published in scientific journals that suggest bras directly contribute to breast cancer risk or that lymphatic compression by bras might cause breast cancer. "

So there you have it. Good thing too because the idea of going bra-less all the time doesn't sound too comfortable to me. Could you imagine running without a bra? I'm a huge fan of supporting whatever you got, and I'm psyched to pass on the info that wearing any kind of bra doesn't increase your risk of breast cancer.


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Califachic Califachic 8 years
actually mod16, cell phones are kind of bad for you. Kind of like microwaves...radiation or something. Apparently research is still pending on the long term effects of pro-longed use of cells; brain tumors, cancer etc....Cell phone packaging or booklets explain something of this when you get a phone.
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
Actually, if you're wearing a bra that fits you properly, the underwire never even touches the breast tissue, so even if there WAS some kind of underwires-causing-cancer phenomenon, it shouldn't be relevant. I used to work at a specialty lingerie boutique as a sizing specialist (I know a LOT about boobs fitting into bras, ladies!) and I had a woman come in completely irate that we didn't have more bras without underwire because she thought that it would give her cancer. I had to explain to her how the sizing works so that the underwire doesn't touch the breast tissue and when she vehemently denied this I told her that I could send the bras to our alterer and they could remove the underwire, but she was just pissy and left. Some people...
mod16 mod16 8 years
WHO CAME UP WITH THIS? wow... what next? people are getting brain tumors from cell phones?
Califachic Califachic 8 years
My dermatoligist told me bras do cause lymphatic compression, but never said anything about linking it to breast cancer. Which I do get, they're just these "non-cancerous lumps". I get them around areas my bra touches. I never wear my bra too tight, apparently many women make that mistake. An aryuvedic doctor reccommended that I massage under my armpits, around and on my breasts, my arms and behind my legs to get things moving. However I do go to for breast exams every year just in case!!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Honestly, people still believe the myth that wearing a bra causes breast cancer? I thought that myth had been dispelled a long time ago.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
Gabi, you can and it is acceptable. just do what is good for you. being naked is not acceptable, everything else is.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i wear bra 0-11 hours a day... only when i go out... i'm 34C-34D.
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
I would love it if it was culturally accepted to go around without a bra...
julie090583 julie090583 8 years
Give me a break. Risk factors for breast cancer are diet, physical activity, exposure to hazardous materials, and genetics, in that order.
ohkate ohkate 8 years
I think it's improper to go into a professional setting with the girls just doing their own thing, especially with some of the silk and satin blouses that are worn around here... *shudders
heartbreakerx62x heartbreakerx62x 8 years
I think that there would be a higher rate of breast cancer among women with larger breasts if that were the case.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I don't think this makes any sense at all.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I find this odd. The women I knew who had breast cancer where somewhat small-chested, and wore a bra sometimes. One woman, in particular, was smaller than a A-cup, wore a bra occasionally, as she didn't need one, and her bra were always wireless. She developed breast cancer. This bra rumor really goes against what I've seen. JMHO.
billypei billypei 8 years
I hadn't heard this rumor before. I don't see how that would really make sense anyway. It would be awful if that were true, though. What would women wear? Billy
Cebca Cebca 8 years
Of course there aren't any studies published, because where are you going to find a group of women that compare on all factors (age, socioeconomic status, race, diet, etc) except that one (sizeable enough) group hasnt worn bras since puberty? Not in this country . . . Saying there have been no studies published doesn't mean there's no reason to worry, it just means its not practical for science to try to prove a link.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
Phew! I could not leave the house without a bra on.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Honestly, even if it did, it's not like I could let the girls hang free all the time.
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