You may be aware that mammograms cause cancer. Did you know that bras do? Medical anthropologist Sidney Singer studied women in Fiji in 1997. Diet and lifestyle were the same with the compared groups. Those who wore bras had the same rate of breast cancer as American women. Those who didn’t wear bras had no breast cancer at all!
I know what you’re thinking. National Geographic, women who’ve never worn a bra in their life. We’ve all seen the photos. That isn’t going to fly here in North America. I hear you, sister.
Good or bad, right or wrong, our culture hyper-sexualizes breasts—they aren’t just functional, for feeding babies. We place a premium on them looking pretty and perky – every woman I know who sags at all either has a complex about it, or has had that surgically repaired.
But get this, from Singer’s research:
- Women wearing a bra 24 hours a day had a 3 in 4 chance of developing breast cancer.
- Women wearing their bras 12 hours a day, but not to bed, had a 1 in 7 chance of developing breast cancer.
- Women wearing bras less than 12 hours a day had a 1 in 152 chance of developing breast cancer.
(And of course, as I mentioned, those who rarely or never wore a bra virtually never got breast cancer.)
So, wear your bra less!
Why does support lead to cancer? One theory is that restraining your breasts increases the hormone prolactin, which decreases breast tissue circulation. That impedes your body’s natural removal of fluids trapped in the lymph nodes and glands. And those glands make up the largest lymph mass in the upper body. Bras keep your drainage system from functioning and creates that swamp-like condition I speak about in my lectures constantly. It’s a perfect breeding ground for cancer, infections, and other problems.
The correlation between breast cancer and wearing a bras is four times greater than the correlation between lung cancer and smoking!
So why have you never heard this before?
Well, who would benefit from this information financially? No one.
Wear your bra less. Definitely do not wear it to bed. Apparently push-up bras are the worst.