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Exporting breast cancer, one bra at a time

(Sydney Ross Singer is a medical anthropologist and the director of the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease in Hilo.)

Some researchers are baffled as to the cause of the increasing rate of breast cancer in poor nations. However, according to research that has been systematically suppressed and censored, the cause is simple: Western fashion.

Women in developing nations are increasingly wearing bras, as Western culture redefines the attire for working and professional women in these previously bra-free cultures. The result is an alarming increase in breast cancer incidence in these cultures, which were previously free of this disease.

Breast cancer is a problem only in cultures where bras are worn. Around the world, where there are no bras, there is virtually no breast disease.

The 1991-93 Bra and Breast Cancer Study, published in the book, Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras, showed that bra-free women had about the same incidence of this disease as men. On the other hand, wearing a bra 24/7 saw about a 3 in 4 chance of developing breast cancer.

Additional research in Fiji, where about half the women are bra-free, found that, given women from the same village, with the same genetics and diet, the women who are getting cancer are the ones wearing bras.

Developing nations look to the West as a model for their development. As they copy Western culture, they develop Western diseases.

The increase in incidence in developing cultures is mostly in young women, probably because many are now wearing tight bras 24/7.

Supporting the bra/cancer theory is a recent study from China, published in July, 2009, that shows wearing a bra to sleep increases cancer incidence. And a Harvard study in 1991 also found that bra-free women had half the rate of developing cancer as bra wearers.

Bras are constrictive garments designed to alter breast shape, which is accomplished by applying constant pressure to the delicate breast tissue. This constriction can impair the drainage of lymph fluid from the tissue, as the bra squeezes down on easily compressed lymphatic vessels.

A healthy, unrestricted lymphatic system is essential for removing fluid and toxins from the breast tissue, and is the circulatory pathway of the immune system.

Chronic compression and constriction of the breast lymphatic system by bras can result in fluid accumulation (lymphedema), breast pain, cyst formation, fibrocystic breast disease, and may lead to cancer. Signs of constriction are red marks and indentations in the skin left by the bra.

Women throughout the world need to be warned about the bra/cancer link. But don’t expect the West to help. The lingerie industry is a multi-billion dollar a year business, as is the cancer detection and treatment industry. It’s the poor women of the world versus the business interests of the west.

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2 Responses to “Exporting breast cancer, one bra at a time”

  1. Jane Smith says:

    Everybody his or her opinion, but I must say, it seems your conclusions are based on a very fine layer.
    In my humble opinion the book you are referring to does not describe a perfect executed scientific research nor has a nice overview of the statistics. I would like to see the results of the Fuji Research.
    The subject is interesting, but until more research is done on it, I will be wearing my bras. Like most women I do not wear them 24/7, but they are very comfortable and surportive during the day.

  2. Mace says:

    Very few studies are perfect (like none). Humans are particularly hard to do research on as they are not kept in cages and subjected to as nearly identical conditions as possible. This is true even of inmates in prisons.
    The Singer-Grismaijer study was not a controlled study but was more of a review. The subjects were interviewed with a set of questions.
    The development time of breast cancer, like many other cancers, is measured in decades.
    No other creatures are constructed quite like human females. Animal studies cannot be conducted to see what wearing bras does to any animals.


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