Wearing a Bra Too Long Could Trigger Breast Cancer
Two scientists Sydney Singer and his wife Soma Grismaijer in 1991 did a research on how long is the ideal time for a women to wear a bra.
The answer turned out to be less than 12 hours. Women who want to avoid breast cancer should wear a bra in the shortest time possible, and preferably less than 12 hours a day.
Singer and Grismaijer learned the habit of wearing a bra from 4500 women in five cities across the United States. The result of their studies have been published in the book Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras.
The study showed women who wore bras 24 hours a day during has the highest risk of getting breast cancer. While women who rarely wears a bra has least risk.
Comparison of the results showed:
1. Three of four women who wore bras 24 hours per day
2. 1 of 7 women who wore bras more than 12 hours per day, but do not use while sleeping
3. 1 of 152 women who wear bras less than 12 hours per day
4. 1 of 168 women who rarely or never wear a bra at all
So the risk of women who wear bras for 24 hours has a 125 times bigger chance of developing breast cancer than those who rarely wear a bra.
The best time to rest the breast without a bra is during sleep. “Do not sleep with a bra,” said Sydney Singer, as reported from chetday.
Breast massage with a deep breath each time removing the bra can expedite the flow of lymph nodes and prevent the development of breast cancer.
The lymphatic system is fully developed only in the breast during pregnancy and breastfeeding, so women who wear bras everyday and postpone having children who are not breastfeeding can be exposed to higher risk of breast cancer.
Approximately 75 percent of women affected by breast cancer actually have no risk factors for cancer. This raises a presumption that the use of fitting bra or a bra constantly is a factor that can explain this.
Bra size that is not appropriate or too tight can assist in the growth of breast cancer. Because the wrong bra can inhibit the neutralization of hazardous chemicals in the body that cause cancer. And about 80 percent of women use the wrong bra.
The main reason why a tight bra can be harmful to health is because it can restrict the flow of lymph in the breast. Normally, lymph fluid wash of other toxic materials and waste, and keep them away from the breast.
Wearing a bra too long also increase the temperature of breast tissues, and women who wear bras has higher levels of prolactin hormones (hormone that functions to stimulate the milk glands). Both of them can affect the formation of breast cancer.