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Can metal in bras cause breast cancer?

Updated on March 22, 2012

There are several theories which do not agree that metal in bras or wired bras can cause breast cancer. Although some old theories supported avoidance of tight-fitting bras or metal in bras as they cause restriction of lymphatic drainage causing toxins inside the lymph nodes but those were without any proper scientific evidence. Actually, there are many risk factors involved for every type of cancer. For example, use of copper-T inside the uterus, which is the best method for contraception, has been associated with uterine cancer, a family history of breast cancer is another risk factor to develop this disease but still physicians are not 100% sure of any type of risk factor and it also depends from a person to person as in some cases, women who gave birth after 30 years of age have developed breast cancer in their future life but in some cases women who gave birth even after 35 years did not have any issues. According to me, it is an umbrella of risk factors that combine together to cause any type of cancer. According to scientific researchers and as I have read in some popular journals on breast cancer, BRCA1 and 2 gene mutations can also cause breast cancer in some women. Also, elevations in endogenous hormone levels are associated with breast cancer.

Now coming back to the main question, “Can metal in bras cause breast cancer?” According to me, any type of long-term restriction in the interior or exterior of our body should be avoided. We all know about the importance of proper blood circulation and the bad implications of improper blood circulation so from a layman’s standpoint, it is always necessary to keep our body free of outside restrictions as much as possible. Regarding metal in bras, yes it is fine to buy and wear your favorite wired bra to a party if you are so inclined to wear them as a fashion statement but wearing it overnight has no use at all as it can cause a lot of trouble for a woman just like two friends of Sue Adams who asked this question had. According to her, her two friends who wore wired bras had metal stick out at the top causing tumors on the same spot.

A prominent women store in Rajouri Garden where you can buy all type of stuff for women. (To maintain the seriousness of this hub and so that no useless people searching for breasts come to read it, only this picture from my laptop came to my mind.
A prominent women store in Rajouri Garden where you can buy all type of stuff for women. (To maintain the seriousness of this hub and so that no useless people searching for breasts come to read it, only this picture from my laptop came to my mind. | Source

Another point is that how far we have gone and how far we are going from nature. First there were bras made of cotton, then different types of bras came in the market, some made up of polyester, some of lycra, and so on and now there is a trend of wired bras that contain metals. Now where we are going from here, bras made up of gel. It might be possible gel bras have been already manufactured and are in the market by the time I am writing this. Anyways whatever type of bras come and whatever go, the most important thing is to use them for some time and not make a habit of wearing them all the time. If you are in a habit of wearing bras always, then change your irritating wired bra with a soft non-irritating pure cotton bra as soon as you come from the party and lay down in the bed to sleep. You know excess of everything is bad, even excess use of life-saving herbs can cause problems. So according to my advice, it is better to use and remove instead of always worrying that you will develop some tumor or cancer. As for the prevention of breast cancer, it is better to consult a gynecologist if you even feel a small lump on the breast and keep on doing the self breast exam on a routinely basis. Other than that, be happy and remain away from toxins of any type, be it in the form of emotional disturbance or a physical one.


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      6 years ago from Ahmedabad

      Very Nice Hub Thanks For Sharing....

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      6 years ago

      A very useful hub. Thanks for sharing this information with ur friends.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Well - maybe this will cause another massive bra burning for the ladies! I really do not think that underwire can cause cancer - unless you never take it off or something but you never know! Interesting!


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