The bra was first invented in 1889 and has been worn by women all over the world ever since, however a study titled, “Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras” conducted back in 1995, found that wearing bras could contribute to breast cancer.
While this research has been backed up by similar studies, the National Cancer Institute set out to determine what risk bras actually pose to women’s health.
Their study titled, “Bra Wearing Not Associated with Breast Cancer Risk: A Population Based Control Study” ultimately found that wearing a bra did not increase any risk factors associated with breast cancer, but many believe the study was flawed.
According to Dr. Glenn Warner, a cancer specialist –
“(The Cancer Institutes) idea of research is to see whether two doses of this poison is better than three doses of that poison. We have a multi-billion dollar industry that is killing people, right and left, just for financial gain.”
In the US alone, the lingerie industry is valued at over $29.3 billion and continues to grow as women begin developing breasts at a younger age and breast size keeps increasing due to obesity.
While the jury may be out on whether wearing a bra can really increase your risk of breast cancer, one thing is certain that tight undergarments and underwires can cause health concerns.
Dr. Michael Schacter who published an article titled, “The Prevention and Complementary Treatment of Breast Cancer” stated:-
“Over 85 percent of the lymph fluid flowing from the breast drains to the armpit lymph nodes. Most of the rest drains to the nodes along the breast bone. The nature of the bra, the tightness and the length of time worn will all influence the degree of lymphatic drainage. Thus, wearing a bra might contribute to the development of breast cancer as a result of cutting off lymphatic drainage, so the toxic chemicals are trapped in the breast.”
Most of these drainage issues however, can be managed by wearing a properly fitted bra. Choosing wireless bras are also a much better option as having metal against your body has also been shown to cause issues according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
According to TCM practitioner Dr. John D. Andre, below the breasts rest two neuro-lymphatic reflex points, the right breast corresponds to the liver and gallbladder and the left one corresponds to the stomach. Having wire resting over these points can cause increased stimulation to the area which in turn, can lead to disturbances in these areas.
Dr. Andre states:
“This continued stimulation causes sedation of that point and a subsequent decrease in its associated function…if a woman keeps the metal underwires on top of those reflex points, over time that will mess up functioning of the associated circuits: liver, gallbladder and stomach.”
The underwire in the bra also attracts electromagnetic fields which have also been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer.
Another interesting study published by French researcher Jean-Denis Rouillon, found that women actually had perkier breasts when they chose not to wear a bra, as the breast tissue and muscles were forced to become stronger rather than relying on support from the bra.
While there is still some debate on whether or not bras can contribute to breast cancer, one thing is for sure- a well fitting, wire free bra seems to be paramount for good health. Also, ditch your bra as soon as you get home and definitely never, ever wear a bra to sleep or carry your cellphone in your bra.