If you have checked the Internet at any point in recent years, you might have come across reports that wearing a bra can increase your risk of breast cancer. This has alarmed many women, with some going so far as to stop wearing a bra at all. However, is this connection real, or just a questionable theory?
The short answer is that latest studies show that there is no connection whatsoever between wearing a bra and an increased risk of breast cancer. There was indeed a 1980s study conducted on the connection between wearing a bra and breast cancer, which showed remarkable concerns for women who wore a bra. However, this study was deeply flawed, according to current scientific experts. The study was never actually published, and did not follow the way in which breast cancer really develops.
In fact, there have been no in-depth studies on how wearing a bra can affect breast cancer because most scientists find the concept laughable. The theory behind the original study was that the bra kept toxins from being eliminated in the breasts through the lymph system. However, this is inaccurate, and has nothing to do with how cancer forms.
Modern scientific thought is that wearing a bra or not wearing a bra has nothing to do with the development of breast cancer, whatsoever. In fact, a recent study on women who had lymph nodes removed from their armpits (resulting in a lymph system blockage similar to that conceived of in the original report causing this concern) found no correlation at all.
Therefore, wearing a bra is perfectly safe for all women and poses no increased risk at all. The best way to prevent breast cancer remains the same as always – eat a balanced, nutrient-rich diet, lose weight if you are overweight, don’t smoke and drink, exercise regularly and go for regular mammograms to detect any issues early.