The bra has been deeply rooted in the American culture, but is it so necessary? Have you known that it does more harm than good? According to the Susan G. Komen associations the idea that bras are a health hazard is a myth, but this is not what studies say. Go through this article and take a look at this different perspective to the culturally accepted bra habit. We would like to know what your opinion on this topic is once you read this article.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation and the American Cancer Society claim that the link between bra and breast cancer is a thing of myth. However, there are at least five research studies that have indicated that there is a link between breast cancer and bra wearing for many hours daily. Some scientists even call for a boycott of Komen and the American Cancer Society, as, in their words, they cover-up things that might cost lives.
Medical anthropologists Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer say that the problem with bras is that they limit the flow of lymphatic fluid, and thus retain toxins in the breast that have nowhere to go. They make a comparison to the swelling of feet and ankles that occurs on long flights, where the lymphatic fluid pools in the lower extremities cannot circulate.
According to Singer and Grismaijer, co-authors of Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras, wearing a bra over 12 hours per day considerably increases the risk of getting breast cancer. Women who wear bra nonstop are 125 times more likely to get breast cancer compared to women who rarely or never wear a bra. Also, women who sleep in their bra have 75 percent increased risk of developing breast cancer at some point in their lives.
A 1991 Harvard study indicated greatly raised incidence in breast cancer in women who wear bras over those who do not.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation and the ACS have been acquainted to this research and they have known these results for at least 20 years. No research refutes this. However, in none of their information on breast cancer there is no mention that women should take their bra off at the end of the day, as it can make a difference. This covering of information is frustrating, and that is why scientists call for a boycott of these organizations until they stop dismissing the bra-breast cancer link and start educating doctors and women about the dangers of wearing tight bras.
Limiting the time of wearing tight bras can also make a significant difference. Women who wear a bra 12 hours or more a day, but do not sleep with a bra have an one in seven risk of breast cancer, while women who wear a bra less than 12 hours have reduced risk to 152. Moreover, women who do not wear a bra at all have a one in 168 risk of getting a breast cancer. According to Midwife Lisa Goldstein, women should take their bra off once they get home and then massage the tissue that has been compressed in order to provide a proper flow of the lymphatic fluids.
Komen and the ACS should use some of their profits on studying the connection further, and try to spare millions of women. However, they have opted to cover up the studies and stone-wall those who try to warn the public. Numerous Komen Foundation’s executives earn six-figure salaries, but they only give little or no money for studies and public education that can make an enormous difference. According to the Inquistr, one Komen executive in 2010 got a salary of $417,000.
Furthermore, according to many studies, breastfeeding leads to a 50 percent reduction of breast cancer risk, and this information has not been published publicly in fund-raising campaigns or service announcements, and young women do not know this valuable information. This information has leaked out thanks to La Leche League organization, but this organization has tiny budget compared to the Komen and the ACA.
Singer and Grismaijer offer another solution to the injustice made by the ACS and the Komen Foundation. They suggest that whenever these organizations ask for a donation, you should send them your bra instead. This will teach them a valuable lesson and will help you prevent breast cancer at the same time.