Some research shows wearing constrictive bras for long periods of time daily contributes to breast cancer.
Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, co-authors of Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras, say the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation call the results a myth.
The Susan G. Komen website states, “Scientific evidence does not support a link between wearing an underwire bra (or any type of bra) and an increased risk of breast cancer. There is no biological reason the two would be linked, and any observed relationship is likely due to other factors.”
A Harvard study in 1991 showed bra-free women had a lower rate of breast cancer.
Reaction on the Susan G. Komen website states, “The women in the study who did not wear a bra were more likely to be lean, which the authors concluded might account for the lower risk.”
Singer and Grismaijer say there is no research to back up the myth claim.
The couple is calling for a boycott of the fundraising giants and say ignoring the research could lead to wasting billions of dollars in unnecessary detection and treatment.
Komen has raised money for research since 1982.