According to the Susan G. Komen foundation and the American Cancer
Society the connection between bra and breast cancer is a thing of myth. On the other hand, at least 5 other studies have shown that there is as strong connection between wearing a bra for many hours a day and brest cancer. Some scientists are calling for a boycott of Komen and the ACS, because they say this cover-up is costing lives.
Sudney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, two medical anthropologists state that the problem with bras is that they restrict the flow of lymphatic fluid, thereby retaining toxins in the breast that have nowhere to go. They make a comparison with swelling feet that occurs on long flights, and the reason is because the fluid pools in the lower extremities and isn’t allowed to circulate.
They are co-authors of Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras, and they state that wearing a bra more than 12 hours per day can increase dramatically the risk of getting breast cancer. Even more shocking is that a woman who wears bra 24/7 is 125 times more likely to develop breast cancer compared to woman who rarely or never wears a bra. Those who sleep in their bra, they found, have a 75% chance of developing breast cancer at some point in their lives.
In 1991, Harvard conducted a study which showed that in those who wear bras, the risk of getting breast cancer is increased as opposed to the women who don’t use bras.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation as well as the American Cancer Society, have been aware of the research for at least 20 years. There are no studies that refute this. Yet, neither of them is mentioning the fact that taking a bra at the end of the day can make a big difference. Singer and Grismaijer are frustrated by the omission of such information. This is the reason why they are calling for a boycott of these organizations until they stop dismissing the bra-cancer link, and begin educating doctors and women about the cancer hazards of wearing tight bras.
Not to mention that even limiting the wearing tight bras can make an important difference. Women who wear a bra more than 12 hours, but not to bed, have an one in seven risk of breast cancer, but wearing it less than 12 hours reduces her risk to one in 152, while cutting it out completely carries a one in 168 risk.
According to Midwife Lisa Goldstein, women should immediately take off the bra when they get home and massage the tissue that has been compressed in order to get the lymphatic fluids flowing properly.
Instead of cover up the research and stone-wall those who try to inform the public, Komen and the ACS could use some of their money to make a further research on this connection, and possibly spare millions of lifes. The worst part about the Komen Foundation is that its executives earn six-figure salaries, and little or no money goes to research or educate the public about simple things that can make a huge difference and spare lifes. The Inquistr has reported that one Komen CEO was paid a salary of $417,000 in 2010.
We should also mentioned that many studies have linked breastfeeding with up to 50% reducstion in breast cancer, yet nowhere do the pink public service announcements and fund-raising campaigns tell young women this valuable information. Responsible for getting that information out is the La Leche League organization, but their budget is tiny compared to the deep pockets of Komen and the ACA.
Singer and Grismaijer have a suggestion beyond the boycott. They propose that “whenever the ACS or Komen Foundation ask for a donation, send them your bra, instead! This will give them the message, and help you prevent breast cancer at the same time.”