NOTE: I realize that the following article may not be of PERSONAL importance to you (especially if you are a MAN), but chances are you know someone that it could affect – like mother, sister, daughter, girlfriend, etc. So please take a quick minute to read it.
A few weeks ago, I received an email from a lady asking if wearing a bra increases breast cancer (a friend had told her this). Well, as odd as that may sound, there is a lot of truth to it.
There have been many studies showing that women who wear bras all the time, even to bed, are 125 times MORE LIKELY to develop breast cancer than a woman who has at NO time worn one. The 24-hour bra wearers face a horrendous 75% chance of contracting breast cancer.
In fact, a book entitled “Dressed to Kill” by Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer talks all about this subject in great detail.
But Wait, Don’t Burn Your Bra Just Yet …
Anyone who knows me, even just a little, knows that I am NOT about “extremes” of any kind – money, food, exercise, work, etc., etc. So, just as many medical studies have flaws, so does this one.
In VERY simple terms … women who wear bras “all the time”, tend to usually have bigger than average breasts. Bigger breasts are usually due to higher estrogen levels. And, higher estrogen tends to trigger cancer more often – especially in the breasts. Of course, that’s just ONE flaw of many with this study.
BUT, please note that it is NOT a good idea to wear your bra ALL the time, as it WILL increase your rate of breast cancer (just not as much as this study or as the book claims). At the very least, don’t wear them to bed. Find a happy medium … The less often you can wear them, the better.
• Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) News 2002; 58(11)
• “Dressed to Kill” by Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer
Summary: Wearing a bra, 24 hours a day or “all” the time, can increase your chance of breast cancer by up to 75%. Try your best not to wear your bra all the time. At the very least, don’t wear them to bed.