The myth that wearing a bra could increase the risk of breast cancer has been dispelled after the results of a new study.
Researchers were looking into a link between bras and breast cancer but found that no aspect of wearing the undergarment was associated with increased risks for breast cancer, according to the study recently published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
The study involved 1,500 postmenopausal women and compared the bra-wearing habits of women who had been diagnosed with cancer and those who have not. The participants included women with the most common types of breast cancer, 454 women with invasive ductal carcinoma and 590 women with invasive lobular carcinoma. They also studied 469 women who did not have breast cancer.
Factors including cup size, hours worn per day, the age they started wearing a bra and whether it had an underwire were not shown to have any evidential impact on the increased risk of breast cancer.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month each year, bringing awareness and attention to the disease which is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
One on eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and it is the second leading cause of death in women, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.[Sources: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; National Breast Cancer Foundation]