By: Krystle Crossman
Fashion and society dictate that women must wear a bra any time that they are out in public. Some women choose to go against this as bras are uncomfortable or they don’t need the support on their chest. There have been statements made that bras can be harmful to your health but the Susan G. Komen foundation and the American Cancer Society claim that these statements are myths and that wearing a bra has no bearing on whether you develop [email protected] cancer or not. There have been many studies however paint a very different picture.
When you choose a bra to wear you try to make sure that you wear one that is tight enough to give ample support. The problem is that they are so tight that they restrict the flow of the lymphatic fluid that runs through the tissue and lymph nodes in your chest. This means that all of that fluid is just sitting there with nowhere to go. Not only is there lymph in the fluid but there are toxins as well that your body is trying to expel but can’t because the lymphatic fluid is unable to move through the vessels that are constricted. These toxins can end up causing a tumor if enough time passes before the fluid is moved along.
Women who wear a bra 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, have a much bigger risk of developing cancer. They are 125 times more likely to get cancer in fact than a woman that doesn’t wear a bra often. Even women who wear a bra for at least half of the day have a severely increased risk. In 1991 a study was conducted at Harvard University that showed a marked increase in the number of [email protected] cancer cases in women who wore a bra for a long time as compared to those who did not. There is a 75% chance that a woman who sleeps with her bra on every night will develop cancer at some point in her life. Researchers and authors Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer are dismayed that the Komen Foundation and the ACS still refuse to acknowledge the results of these studies or even make a mention that taking the bra off at night can significantly reduce the risk.