I recently discovered that wearing bras may be hazardous to the health of women. Therefore, I began to do a little bit of digging. Granted everything does not apply to everyone. However, I want to stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible. My paternal grandmother had breast cancer. As of right now, she was the only person biologically related to me that I know of that developed cancer.
I live in a country that poisons it’s people for fun and that’s just what it is! I feel like I have to do my best to counteract and stay knowledgeable. There are some studies that say there is a link between breast cancer and some that say there it NOT. The Susan G. Komen site states that there is not any scientific links between breast cancer and any type of bras. Several studies suggest that wearing underwire bras, push-up bras, and tight fitting bras have a link in women developing breast cancer. In 1995 Singer and Grismaijer published a book titled, Dressed to Kill which was a follow up to a 1991 Harvard study. The 1991 study claimed that women who wear underwire bras for more than 12 hours a day are at a greater risk of developing breast cancer. To my knowledge this was the only study that has explored underwire specifically. This is what some use to deny the claim….stating that there is not enough evidence and there was only one study looking at this. Prof Nicholas Othieno-Abinya is a researcher and senior cancer expert of the University of Nairobi, he claims that women who wear bras all the time have an increased risk for breast cancer.
Some researchers suggest that wearing bras that are tight or have underwire can create a type of blockage in the lymph nodes. There are toxins that build up in the breast. When the breasts can move freely the toxins can properly drain from the lymph nodes. Bras that are too tight cause inadequate lymph circulation.
After exploring this….I am seriously contemplating wearing bras less. I believe that whatever is most natural is probably the best. I do understand that some women have larger breast and that it may be more difficult for them to try this.
Over the last couple of years I have admired women who do not wear bras. It seems like I am noticing more and more women stray away from bras little by little. This may simply be a result of trends or the latest fashions. Whatever the case I like….
I notice women such as Rhianna, Corrine Bailey Rae, and Keke Palmer just to name a few, that chose not to wear bras sometimes. Corrine Bailey Rae can be seen wearing lose, fluttery, free flowing blouses often. These tops are not tight fitting, which may help prevent some of the stares you may get when choosing not to wear a bra. Everyone won’t understand or agree with that type of choice. Nikisha Brunson, co-creater of Urban Bush Babes and apothecary line,”Folie” owner was criticized recently for informing women of the dangers of bras on her vlog. The video got millions of views.
I have been wearing them less and have gotten a few odd looks…but I’m comfortable so I don’t care. Plus I was in my own home. I do understand further research is needed, but I think that it’s a possibility and it makes sense that it could be harmful!!!
Research that supports correlation between bras and breast cancer
- 1991 Harvard study (CC Hsieh, D Trichopoulos (1991). Breast size, handedness and breast cancer risk. European Journal of Cancer and Clinical Oncology 27(2):131-135.). This study found that, “Premenopausal women who do not wear bras had half the risk of breast cancer compared with bra users…”
- 1991-93 U.S. Bra and Breast Cancer Study by Singer and Grismaijer, published in Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras (Avery/Penguin Putnam, 1995; ISCD Press, 2005). Found that bra-free women have about the same incidence of breast cancer as men. 24/7 bra wearing increases incidence over 100 times that of a bra-free woman.
- Singer and Grismaijer did a follow-up study in Fiji, published in Get It Off! (ISCD Press, 2000). Found 24 case histories of breast cancer in a culture where half the women are bra-free. The women getting breast cancer were all wearing bras. Given women with the same genetics and diet and living in the same village, the ones getting breast disease were the ones wearing bras for work.
- A 2009 Chinese study (Zhang AQ, Xia JH, Wang Q, Li WP, Xu J, Chen ZY, Yang JM (2009). [Risk factors of breast cancer in women in Guangdong and the countermeasures]. In Chinese. Nan Fang Yi Ke Da Xue Xue Bao. 2009 Jul;29(7):1451-3.) found that NOT sleeping in a bra was protective against breast cancer, lowering the risk 60%.