One of the most absurd and prevalent myth of bras causing breast- cancer has been busted by a new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
“We found no evidence that wearing a bra is associated with breast cancer,” said study author Lu Chen, a researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. She’s also a doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
The study was funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and published Friday in which more than 1,500 postmenopausal women ranging in age from 55 to 74 was examined by a team at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The researchers found no differences in lifetime bra-wearing habits among with and without a history of breast cancer.
Some reports revealed that bras may hamper lymph circulation near the breast and drainage and interfere with waste removal, thereby increasing the risk of breast cancer. In a book published in 2005, called “Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras,” the authors claimed to have a proof of the connection between bras and breast cancer risk. There were concerns raised about breast cancer being more prevalent in developed countries, where women are more likely to wear bras.
The consensus is that the bra-wearing habits were not linked with breast cancer risk, Chen found.
The study involved a list of question that were asked to women in an in-person interview. The questions were regarding their lingerie wearing habits and pattern— cup size, duration for which they wore their bras every day, underwire wires they possessed, how old they were when they started wearing a bra, any family history of breast cancer, their height and weight, education level, race, income. They concluded that none of the factors possessed any connection with cancer.
The researchers wrote: “The findings provide reassurance to women that wearing a bra does not appear to increase the risk for the most common histological types of postmenopausal breast cancer.”