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I was searching for something else and came across this, it makes for intersting reading!
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Burn Your Bra, Revisited
A new study shows that wearing a bra is linked to higher incidence of breast cancer. Women who wear a bra 24 hours a day are 125 times a likely to develop cancer as women who don1t wear one at all, according to medical anthropologists Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer. In a study involving 4,700 women, those who never wore a bra had the same incidence of breast cancer as men a rare condition. Women who worebras for more than 12 hours but did not sleep in them had 21 times the risk as women who wore a bra for less than 12 hours.
It is postulated that lymphatic vessels are blocked by the bra, keeping lymphocytes (white blood cells) from their role in destroying abnormal cells, and leading to malignancies. However, even without knowing the exact mechanism, the correlation is significant: 4 to 12 times as great as the connection between smoking and lung cancer. Singer and Grismaijer's book, Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras, elaborates on their research.
I've always worn my bra to bed at night, can't sleep without it, or knickers in fact! Have to have pillows just so, a nice cool bedroom and definately no socks! So I think we can draw from this that I am more than a little odd! Am BF at the mo though, so won't worry about this research for a few months yet.
Do you think they looked at whether the bras were well-fitting? Surely a well-fitting one wouldn't stop any drainage whereas a badly fitting one could arguably do so. Like the importance of a well-fitting bra when breastfeeding - otherwise can add to possibility of mastitis.
Flossam - if you're odd - I'm odd. Always wear a bra and knickers in bed (even if DH and I have an 'early night' I put them on again afterwards ), pillows have to be right, and lots of them , prefer the bedroom warm though
i think if there is any truthin this study it is under badly fitted bras because that has been proven the badly fitted bras can cause a lot of problems later on in life so come on girls make sure you get you tape measures out every time you buy a bra because its said that they can grow slightly or shrink slightly up until your fifties