Do Bras Cause Breast Cancer?


Take your bra off! Take it off!

No, you aren’t reading this wrong. Almost half of the world’s population are females and at one point in their lives, they would have worn a bra. Now you might be thinking, it’s normal for females to wear bras, except of course if they are indigenous people who wear their traditional clothing or if you don’t believe in wearing bras.

If you are reading this and you find yourself in the two categories above, consider yourself with a relatively lowered risk for breast cancer (unless, of course, you’ve other risk factors that you’re actively experiencing).

No to Antiperspirants

In the United States alone, there is a 1 in every 8 chance of a female to have invasive breast cancer. Every year, there is approximately 40,000 American women dying from breast cancer. And if there is an easier way to reduce your risk without having to alter your diet, change your job or your gene pool (not that you can), wouldn’t you take it?

Initial studies have pinpointed antiperspirants as a risk factor for breast cancer. It still is, especially because the aluminum that it contains blocks and clogs the exit pores for sweat. Sweat that contains toxins. Now what has bra got to do with all this?

Bra and Breast Cancer

A study was conducted on 4000 women and these were the results:

Number of hours of wearing a bra Risk of developing breast cancer
24 hours/day 3 out of 4
More than 12 hours/day, but not to bed 1 out of 7
Less than 12 hours/day 1 out of 52
Barely wore a bra or never had 1 out of 168


If you compare the women who wore bras the whole day to those who didn’t wear a bra at all, there was a 125-fold difference in risk. So why do the researchers think that wearing bras can cause cancer?

Following the same rationale of using an antiperspirant, the bra that you wear can suppress the lymphatic system. When the lymphatic system is compressed, the toxins are going to accumulate in the breast tissues. The accumulation is what causes the health problems, one of which can be breast cancer.

Benefits of not wearing a bra

Set your breasts free! Not only will you lessen your risk of getting breast cancer, you also make your breasts more toned. A research in France found out that the breast tissue growth is stopped by wearing a bra. If the breast tissues don’t grow, this leads to weakened muscles for breast support.

In fact, there was a 7 millimeter lift that was measured from the women’s nipples each year that they didn’t wear a bra. Who needs support when your breasts are fine on their own? The women who participated in the French study also claimed that their breasts were firmer with the stretch marks around the area fading. The study had around 330 participants from the age of 18 to 35 and was conducted for 15 years.

To wear or not to wear

These are just some of the studies conducted by different researchers around the world. The claims can hold true for them, but it’s up to you if you want to change your lifestyle. Watch as the cancer researcher in this video share his knowledge of the no bra studies:

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