Bras cause cancer and other breast cancer myths
(NC) Have you heard that bras cause breast cancer? In recent years, information about bras causing breast cancer surfaced through various sources online. The fact is there is currently no scientific evidence that shows a link between wearing a bra and developing breast cancer.
While the internet is a great source of information, the Canadian Cancer Society wants you to be careful when evaluating any medical information or claims online. We are a source of reliable information and want to ensure that cancer patients and caregivers are armed with the facts.
So before you make any health decisions based on claims you have read or heard about, here is a list of claims that are not associated with breast cancer:
Breast cancer myths debunked
Wearing a bra does not cause breast cancer.
Use of antiperspirants does not cause breast cancer.
Physical blow or injury to the breast does not cause breast cancer.
Breast implants do not cause breast cancer.
Stress does not cause breast cancer.
Abortions or miscarriages do not cause breast cancer.
A pregnant woman cannot pass breast cancer cells to her baby through breastfeeding.
A fetus (developing baby) cannot get cancer from its mother (who's diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy) while in the womb.
Your best defense against breast cancer is to understand your risk, know what you can do now, while you're in good health, to prevent or detect the disease early, when it's most treatable.
The Canadian Cancer Society recommends that women aged 50-69 get a mammogram every two years. So this October, we are empowering women in Ontario to talk about the importance of getting mammograms during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Join the hundreds of Ontario women in the Canadian Cancer Society's Women to Women movement to spread the message that mammograms save lives at cancer.ca/womentowomen.
If you want to know more about breast cancer, visit cancer.ca or talk to one of our Information Specialists at 1-888-939-3333.
To read more about cancer myths and controversies, visit cancer.ca.
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