Bra not affecting breast cancer risk

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BH appears to have no effect on breast cancer risk
06.09.2014

According to a study now published by researchers from the United States, wearing a bra does not appear to increase the risk of breast cancer. Such a connection has been speculated for years.

Breast cancer risk apparently not increased by wearing a bra Apparently, the risk of breast cancer is not increased by wearing a bra. This is the conclusion reached by researchers from the United States in a study that they published in the journal "Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention". The scientists have taken on the topic among other things because there has been speculation for years whether there is a corresponding connection and because there are hardly any "scientific studies on this topic". For example, it has been claimed in the past that wearing a brassiere could increase the risk of breast cancer or prevent the removal of metabolic products or toxins by applying pressure to the lymphatic system.

Similar high risk However, as the authors now write, wearing a bra does not seem to increase the risk for the most common types of breast cancer after menopause. The investigation was based on speculations that a tight bra could possibly hinder the removal of cell waste and thus pose a risk of breast cancer. In addition, women in developed countries are more likely to develop breast cancer than in developing countries. Researcher Lu Chen said, according to a news story from AFP: "The risk was similar no matter how many hours a woman wore a bra, whether she was wearing a bra with an underwire, or at what age she started wearing a bra would have."

Indications of increased risk of breast cancer due to other factors The study included more than a thousand women with breast cancer, and around 470 women without breast cancer as a comparison group. The participants were all between 55 and 74 years old. Among other things, they were asked about family history or also when and how long they had been wearing a bra every day. While the potential risk of wearing a bra is likely to be discussed further, some risk factors for breast cancer are less controversial. In studies, evidence of an increased risk of breast cancer was found, among other things, through high cholesterol levels, the frequent consumption of red meat, overweight and obesity or various chemicals. (ad)

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