Originally Posted by StrongBeliever
Bras restrict circulation and lymphatic flow, which seems to me might be something that could contribute to breast cancer.
I guess I have a basic problem with the validity of your original premise (quoted above). That is a very blanket statement that applies to ALL bras, and I hold that the above premise, as written, is not true.
This is your basic argument:
1) Bras restrict movement of breasts.
2) Restricted movement of breasts reduces circulation and lymphatic flow
3) Restricted lymphatic flow and circulation creates a build-up of toxins
4) Excess or built-up of toxins is a contributing risk factor for Breast Cancer.
wearing bras is a contributing risk factor for Breast Cancer.
If all of the above 4 premises are true, then your conclusion would be valid.
Premise #4, as written above, is extremely simplified. But in general terms, I believe it to be factual.
Premise #1 is obviously true, but of course there are varying degrees of movement that is restricted by bras, so we enter into a grey area that is not just black or white. How much movement is restricted will depend on a number of factors, including: the type of bra, the cup-size of the bra, the tightness/style, whether the bra was an appropriate fit, etc.
Premise #3 sounds logical to me and might possibly be true, but I don't know enough about the subject. My Doctor friend always tells me that almost everything in excess is bad for you, (even water, believe it or not -- google "Water intoxication" if you don't believe me!), and most things in moderation aren't harmful. I also want to know "what happens to the toxins when they build up?" If I wear a "perky" bra, then my DH is more likely to move my breasts for me when he gets frisky. Does that massage and movement balance out the movement that was restricted by my wearing of the bra? If I didn't wear a bra, how much movement would I lose out on because DH isn't as "frisky"? If I get a regular massage, does that release the toxins that built up? there are too many questions here that are left unanswered!
I have a real problem with premise #2, because it's very vague, non-specific, and non-scientific. How much movement restriction is relevant? I have not seen significant data that proves to me to what degree that restricted movement of the breast reduces circulation and lymphatic flow to the breast. There are varying degrees of restricted movement. How much of the movement do you need to restrict before circulation and lymphatic flow is reduced?
And by the way -- if I have a sedantary lifestyle, then my movements are restricted already. How is wearing a bra or not wearing a bra going to increase or decrease my risk of breast cancer any more so than what I have already done to myself by sitting on my ass all day in front of a computer?
While we are on the subject of breast cancer, did you hear the exciting news about the new breakthrough in breast cancer research in Canada recently?
|BC Cancer Agency scientists have decoded all of the three billion letters in the DNA sequence of a metastatic lobular breast cancer tumoura type of breast cancer which accounts for about 10 per cent of all breast cancers, and have found all of the mutations, or "spelling" mistakes that caused the cancer to spread.
you can read the full article here:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea...-63694862.html
It's very exciting news!
When preventative DNA testing enters the main stream of medicine, I'll be sure to go regularly for my annual screening tests.
By the way -- did you know that some people believe that the screening test to catch breast cancer early, the mammogram, is also a risk factor for developing the very disease that it was built to diagnose? I know some people choose not to have mammograms for that reason. Their argument, on the surface, also seems very logical:
1) X-Rays Cause Cancer
2) The Mammogram is an X-Ray that is applied to the breast
3) The Mammogram squishes and damages breast tissue
4) Squished and damaged tissue is more susceptible to the effects of X-Rays
The Mammogram causes Breast Cancer.
Of course, even if the above argument IS true, I would still choose to get a mammogram. Because, while the risk of developing breast cancer from the mammogram may be really, really tiny, the risk of death from not catching my breast cancer from a much more likely cause (like a DNA gene known to have a high risk for a breast cancer mutation) is much greater than the potential risk from the X-Ray Mammogram.
Anyway. I think I've argued this point to death.