Prevalent on Twitter feeds today are tweets urging women to ditch their bras for #NoBraDay and looking at www.mirror.co.uk the newspaper asks whether this is really for a good cause or is it a hoax.
No Bra Day is meant to raise awareness of breast cancer awareness, or at least that is what we are told by Twitter. However, it appears to be more of a reason for pictures of bra-less women to appear on Twitter feed. It is unclear what the actual goal is by going without ones bra as there is nothing to mention how to raise funds or even how to examine your breasts. Excuse me for remaining sceptical.
Hold A Coke With Your Boobs Challenge
In June there was a hoax called #HoldACokeWithYourBoobsChallenge which duped women into posting pictures of themselves online. That didn’t raise any money for cancer research either I guess.
What has this to do with anything? Well, the subject of bras and breasts caught my attention for another reason.
Fibrocystic Breast Disease
A large percentage of women at some time in their life find their breasts feel lumpy, and may find cysts. These can occur when a duct becomes blocked and fills with fluid. The area around the blocked duct forms scar tissue and results in the lumpy, granular feeling. This is known by several names such as fibrocystic breast condition, fibrocystic breast disease, and benign breast disease.
An easy solution that works for many women is simply – remove the bra. Wear less restrictive under-clothing. This can dramatically reduce the discomfort. To find out more click here.
Lower Risk of Breast Cancer
Bras can cause breast cancer!? You’re joking, right? Wrong…. There was a study of over 4000 women which found that women who do not wear bras have a reduced risk of breast cancer. Read ‘Dressed To Kill: The Link between Breast Cancer and Bras’ Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer. They found amongst many other fascinating facts that:
- 75% of women who sleep in their bras develop breast cancer. I am amazed that women actually sleep in their bras?
- 1 in 7 women who wore their bras for more than 12 hours a day developed breast cancer
- 1 in 168 who did not wear a bra developed breast cancer
- Within one month of ditching their bra, women with cysts, breast pain, or tenderness found their symptoms disappeared.
A 1991 article in the European Journal of Cancer found that “Premenopausal women who do not wear bras had half the risk of breast cancer compared with bra users” check the link here:
We are sold the theory that breasts need to be supported, one reason being to help reduce backpain. In fact a French research project found that breasts gained no benefit from their weight being supported in a bra, and that there is evidence that NOT wearing a bra can help ease back pain.
Ditch the Wire
Okay, so perhaps going bra-less is a step too far for some, but there are some things we can do today:
- Choose bras which are not underwired.
- Remove the wires from your bras – no need to discard perfectly good underwear so long as it isn’t too restrictive.
- Wear bras made of soft material and looser fitting. Tight bras impede lymph flow.
- Go bra-less when you are at home, wear a comfy cami instead.
- Don’t wear a bra to bed.
More reading on the subject:
http://fearlessparent.org/catch-good-ditch-bra/ a super blog called Ladies, Ditch the Bra for your Health by Louise Kuo Habakus and her follow up http://fearlessparent.org/ladies-ditch-bra-vol-2-fred-hutch-study-rebuttal/ is also well worth a read.
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