Is Your Bra Dangerous to Your Health?

“To Bra or Not to Bra?” That’s the question medical anthropologists Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, are asking. They’ve been studying the connection between bras and women’s health for twenty years. Some of you may recall their book Dressed to Kill:  The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras.

They found that wearing bras can make breasts droopy and stretched out, cause cysts, pain, and possibly even cancer. Years ago they conducted a study in which they found that bras are linked to breast cancer. In the same way that corsets were the height of fashion in their time and interfered with circulation and lymph flow, bras have the same effect, according to Ross Singer and Grismaijer.

The lymphatic system is the body’s “waste disposal system” which moves lymph fluid around the whole body collecting up debris and toxins found in the tissues so it can be eliminated. Ross Singer and Grismaijer found that bras restrict lymph flow which may be the connection to the increase risk of breast cancer. Backed up lymphatic fluid can also cause pain and cysts.

Their research shows that women who go bra-free have about the same incidence of breast cancer as men, which is extremely low. And the longer and tighter a bra, the higher the incidence of breast cancer. Women who wear bras every day, all day have over 100 times the breast cancer incidence as bra-free women, according to the authors.

Additional Harvard studies along with Chinese and Venezuelan research have confirmed their findings.  Learn more at the authors’ site  Learn more about the lymphatic system in my book, Weekend Wonder Detox.

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Chuck Messinger
Chuck Messingerabout a year ago

for those of you who won't go outside without a bra, or are afraid to go outside without a bra, get a copy of my book and read for yourselves how to go out bra free, as I like to call it, as I have many suggestions both from me and other women how to feel "safeguarded" bra free in public. it's called "Is Your Bra Killing You?" and can be found here:

june t.
june t.about a year ago

I hate underwire and won't buy those. When I'm home I often don't wear one, but I'm not going braless out in public.

Tim C.
Tim C.1 years ago


Chuck Messinger
Chuck Messinger1 years ago

read my book also for more enlightenment:
called, Is Your Bra Killing You?

bria broccoli
bria broccoli1 years ago

thank you for sharing! :)

Latonya W.
Latonya W.1 years ago

I hate bras especially the underwire ones I always feel like its pinching my heart but the cotton non wire squishes my breast and bra less the men and women do not know how to react...wish I could be braless

Alexandra Bruno
Alexandra Bruno1 years ago


Ala Morales
Ala Morales1 years ago

I only wear cotton and lacy bras. I don't wear the ugly foam bras full of chemical inside. They are not healthy. I don't believe that a lacy or cotton bra can cause cancer. Cancer is caused by abundance of chemicals that we are consuming every day.

anabela neves
anabela neves1 years ago

Our nature is to be born naked.
But we live in a culture that teach us, from the very beginning, to be covered. By need of protection from the very nature itself and by normal relationships with our human fellows.
Every cloth that tights us is not good.
A bra, in my personal opinion, is very comfortable. We can run without discomfort. We feel more free to jump with no need to cross our arms in front of our chest. A different situation is if we use a bra to tight our breasts in a way that they look for instance bigger than what they really are. That situation implies a big problem with blood and lymph circulation.
As Chinese say, the Qi needs to circulate in our bodies. If it doesn't he is stagnant and when that happens there are tumors that can appear.
So it looks to me that common sense is the best thing we can have.
A comfortable bra can make our life more comfortable and make us feel good. That's good!
A very tight bra can only make us feel 'desirable'(?). It's a waste of our precious energy...
We all have the right to dress in a sexy way in a special occasion, but our health has to be our first goal.
Any way, if we use a good comfortable bra, during the day time and that we take off as soon as we are in the cosiness of our family and home, I don't believe we are harming ourselves. We can also counter effect any bad circulation with a simple massage, with the palms of our hands and some drops of a good organic essential oil, with round movements for both sides.

ML E.1 years ago

I'm not sure about 'wearing a bra makes your breasts droopy' - when I was a young teenager and my body went into overdrive and went from an A - D size in 6 months, it was impossible to find a bra that fit so I didn't have one as we couldn't afford to buy me a new one every few weeks. NOT having a bra made my boobs droopy. So I'm not sold on their research.