(NaturalHealth365) The National Cancer Institute has funded a study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to look into the bra-cancer link in order to refute research showing this link is responsible for a majority of breast cancer cases. Sounds good – but, there’s only one problem.
The research did not include bra-free women or women under 55. In fact, the authors ignored a 2008 China study, a 2011 Venezuela study, and a 2014 Scottish study – all showing a significant bra-cancer connection. Instead, it mentioned the results of a 1991 Harvard study, which found over 100% higher breast cancer rates in younger women who wore bras compared to bra-free women, but called that study “flawed”.
Is the National Cancer Institute doing quality cancer research?
Instead of studying younger women, this study focused on only women over 55, and only women who wore bras. They found that the time a bra was worn daily did not differ between the cancer group and non-cancer group. They concluded that women should be “reassured” that bras are not causing breast cancer.
Actually, this study supports the bra-cancer link, since all the women in the cancer group were lifetime bra wearers. In addition, the study is useless since none of the women were bra-free, so it lacks a proper control for examining bra wearing impacts. No bra-free baseline. They also did not look at bra tightness, which is a major factor in the bra-cancer link, which is about tight bras causing lymphatic constriction.
Is this a deliberate attempt to hide the truth about bras?
All this study really shows is that some women who have worn bras for 40 years or longer will get breast cancer and some will not. We already knew that. You can say the same thing about smokers and lung cancer.
Amazingly, this limited and flawed research was announced in newspapers around the world, declaring that bras are safe, and that the issue has now been settled. Not one of the reporters bothered to contact me for comment, despite referring to me and my research in their stories.
It’s clear that this was not just a poorly designed study. This was a public relations hatchet job trying to silence the truth about the bra-cancer link.
Time to reveal the ‘hidden agenda’ behind cancer research
The study said there were no reported conflicts of interest, but did not mention that The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center receives money annually from a “Bra Dash” fundraiser, where pink bras are worn on the outside of clothing during a 5K race to raise breast cancer research funds.
It would be very ironic to criticize bras for causing cancer when they are used to raise funds for cancer research.
The fact that this poorly designed study without proper controls is used to conclude that there is no bra-cancer link also reveals a bias. The authors should have called for more research.
And here is another problem. Can we expect honest, reliable research when there is so much money and reputation at stake? The lingerie and cancer treatment industries are very powerful, making billions of dollars annually.
And since cancer “experts” at the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, and National Cancer Institute have been denying for years that there is any bra-cancer link, how can a study come out proving them wrong?
What would be the reaction of the public to news that 20 years of cancer industry denial of a link between bras and breast cancer has been wrong, resulting in hundreds of thousands of lives needlessly lost?
They need to stick to their lie and protect their ‘reputation’
Of course, as the bra-cancer link gains increasing public awareness, there are bound to be studies trying to refute it. There are also studies that try to refute the cigarette-cancer link. So I take all this as a good sign of progress, since it brings the topic into mainstream consciousness, and these attempts at denial are expected.
In a way, this new study and the media’s swift acceptance of it was like a bail-out. Facing growing awareness of the bra-cancer link and increasing numbers of women ditching their bras, the government stepped in with a grant for a hatchet job of the issue. The media complied by distributing biased, unbalanced announcements of the findings.
It was as though the mainstream culture collectively went into denial, saving the bra and all it culturally represents, reaffirming its belief in the cancer industry, and helping the lingerie industry.
The alternative would be a transformation of women’s dress behavior and body image and health, class action lawsuits against the lingerie industry, and severe ridicule and possible malfeasance suits against the cancer industry. It would bankrupt our cultural trust in industry, fashion, and medicine.
It seems ‘Big B’ and ‘Big C’ are too big to fail.
About the author: Sydney Ross Singer is a world-renown medical anthropologist, author, and director of the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease, located in Hawaii. A pioneer in the field of applied medical anthropology, Sydney, along with his wife and co-author, Soma Grismaijer have written numerous groundbreaking books that provide new theories, research, and revelations on disease causation and prevention, including the internationally acclaimed book, Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras. For more information – visit: KillerCulture.com