Can Wearing a Bra Cause Breast Cancer?

297692_4729We are concerned about what is in the food we eat, concerned about what is in the air that we breath and concerned about the toxins in the lotions/soaps we use daily, but many of us don’t realize that what we wear everyday can be causing major health issues.

In a study of 4,500 women in five cities across the US, done by medical researcher Sydney Singer and his wife Soma Grismaijer, triggered by Soma’s discovery of a lump in her breast when she was pregnant, found that;

  • 3 out of 4 women who wore their bras 24 hours per day developed breast cancer.
  • 1 out of 7 women who wore bras more than 12 hour per day but not to bed developed breast cancer.
  • 1 out of 152 women who wore their bras less than 12 hours per day got breast cancer.
  • 1 out of 168 women who wore bras rarely or never acquired breast cancer.

Most people think that the pressure from bras is not a health hazard.

The World Health Organization calls chemical toxins the primary cause of cancer. But poisons accumulating in breast tissue are normally flushed by clear lymph fluid into large clusters of lymph nodes nestling in the armpits and upper chest. The Singers found that “because lymphatic vessels are very thin, they are extremely sensitive to pressure and are easily compressed.” Chronic minimal pressure on the breasts can cause lymph valves and vessels to close. After 15 or 20 years of bra-constricted lymph drainage, cancer can result.

So can wearing a bra cause breast cancer? The main reason why bras are bad for breast health is because they restrict the lymph flow in your breasts. Normally the lymph fluid washes waste and toxins away from the breasts. In other words, bras inhibit the way our bodies normally cleanse themselves and get rid of cancer cells and toxins like PCBs, DDT, dioxin, benzene and other carsinogenic chemicals that cling to the body’s fatty tissues like breast. So it makes sense to me that wearing bras can have a negative impact on your breast health.

And what can we do to help reduce our chances of getting breast cancer? If you must wear a bra, choose loose-fitting cotton bras. Make sure you can slip two fingers under the shoulder-straps and side-panels. And never sleep in your bra and stay away from push-up and sports bras.

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