Monday's medical myth: wearing a bra to bed increases your risk of breast cancer

Budden, Lea (2012) Monday's medical myth: wearing a bra to bed increases your risk of breast cancer. The Conversation, 2012 (23 July).

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Abstract

Women's breasts are seen in society as symbols of femininity, fertility and sexuality – so are the many different styles of bras worn to support, enhance and protect the mammary glands.

Many women wear bras to bed to support large, painful or nursing breasts. Others just want to counteract any sagging. But can these decorative pieces of clothing, or the underwire, cause health problems such as cancer?

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Australian women. More than 12,000 women each year are diagnosed with the disease, with the overall risk estimated at one in nine.

Most women will meet someone during their lifetime who has been affected by the disease and its treatment. So it's easy to see why women may be anxious about the risk of breast cancer.

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Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2012 00:54
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111002 Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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