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Can Wearing Your Bras Cause Breast Cancer?

Can Wearing Your Bra Cause Cancer?

Can Wearing Your Bra Cause Cancer?

Gina Hodge

Curejoy Expert Gina Hodge Explains:

Can Bras Cause Breast Cancer?

Several rumours keep resurfacing on how wearing “underwire”, tight or badly fitting bras, or wearing bras at night or long hours during the day can lead to breast cancer. Countless researches and wasted dollars have failed to connect these disparate things together.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) confirms “we do not know of any epidemiologic studies published in scientific journals that suggest bras directly contribute to breast cancer.”

[Read: Detecting Breast Cancer Early With Annual Mammograms]

The absurd correlation was first made in the 1995 in a book titled ‘Dressed to Kill’ and was primarily based on the authors’ (not medical doctors or cancer researchers) observations and not results of scientific studies. They claimed that underwire, tight, or badly fitting bras cause compression in the chest area preventing the lymph system from clearing “toxins” and that wearing your bra every night or for too long daily clogs your pores, leading to sweat and toxin accumulation which lead to breast cancer.

But Breast cancer is caused by gene mutations leading to cells dividing suddenly and rapidly and has nothing to do with the lymph system. There are countless other (known and still unknown) causes of breast cancer and your bra is not one of them. Wearing a wrong size isn’t going to kill you. Yes but it might definitely hurt a little.


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