Put Your Bra On — It is Officially Safe

Bras DO NOT cause breast cancer, as reported in the American Association for Cancer Research recently. The study, which was not funded by Victoria’s Secret, looked at about 1500 post-menopausal women and their bra-wearing habits. Turns out, style, cup size, color and length of time worn have no impact on whether or not you will get breast cancer.

I’m telling you this in case you were worried. Do you remember the scare that told us underwire bras cause cancer? It made little sense from a medical standpoint, but still, we all started to question our push ups. Imagine this recent study had proven the opposite. Disaster. These days, after 4 pregnancies, nursing 5 kids and years of gravity, my good bras are kind of the only boobs I have left.

So, wear your underwear without worry. You can also use deodorant – please – without worry based on the current evidence. Risk factors for breast cancer you can control are alcohol intake, obesity, lack of physical activity and heavy, long term smoking. The jury is still out on how diet affects breast cancer. Your best bet is to stay active, drink in moderation, watch your weight and eat a diet high in fiber and foods rich with antioxidants, and low in fatty and processed foods. And, of course, see your doctor for check ups and schedule your mammogram.

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Author: Karen Latimer

Karen is a Family Doctor, mom of five and founder of Tips From Town.


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