Breast cancer charities are hiding the truth

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Boycott Breast Cancer Charities(NaturalHealth365) It’s time to demand an end to the cover-up of the leading cause of breast cancer – tight bras.

It’s been 20 years since our research showing a major link between breast cancer and the wearing of tight bras for long periods of time daily was announced to cancer experts in our book, Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras.

Cancer charities don’t care about a cure

This breakthrough information was promptly ignored, ridiculed, and censored by the very people and organizations whose mission is to find a cure and cause of this modern day epidemic.

Despite the resistance, our message did get out to millions of women, some of whom discovered on themselves that ending the habit of constricting their breasts with bras improved overall breast health – including reducing breast pain, cysts, and tenderness.

Boycott breast cancer charities: Send you’re your bra instead of money!

While the cancer industry still thinks of the lymphatic system as merely the pathway for the spread of cancer, leading them to remove lymph nodes creating painful and disabling lymphedema in their patients, there are now more healthcare providers who understand the vital role the lymphatic system plays in disease prevention.

They understand how constriction of the lymphatic drainage from the breasts caused by tight bras can result in tissue toxification, cysts, pain, and ultimately, cancer.

But, despite the successes of women regaining breast health by altering their bra wearing habits, the cancer detection and treatment industry has consistently and arrogantly dismissed the bra-cancer link.

Does a bra really contribute to breast cancer?

It does, according to at least 5 research studies and numerous healthcare providers, including oncologists and MD’s. Even some lingerie manufacturers have developed new bra designs hoping to minimize lymphatic constriction and thereby help prevent breast cancer – citing the bra-cancer theory for their patents.

But it doesn’t, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, fundraising giants of the cancer detection and treatment world – which consider the link absurd and unworthy of serious consideration, and unquestionably assume that research showing a link must have some other explanation besides bras.

Shrugging off the bra-cancer link is killing hundreds of thousands of women and wasting billions of dollars in unnecessary detection and treatment.

As breast cancer researchers, we are calling for a boycott of these organizations until they stop dismissing the bra-cancer link, and begin educating doctors and women about the cancer hazards of wearing tight bras.

What is the risk of wearing a bra?

Our research showed that bra-free women have about the same incidence of breast cancer as men, and that the tighter and longer a bra is worn the higher the incidence rose, up to 100 times greater for 24/7 bra wearers.

Why are women not hearing about this from the ACS and Komen Foundation? Why are these organizations, so eager to fund raise for a cure, so opposed to preventing this disease by addressing the bra-cancer link?

Could it be because lingerie companies donate to their charities? Could it be that preventing this disease by challenging the cultural norm of bra wearing is too taboo for these detection and treatment focused organizations?

Whatever their reason, it is wrong for the bra-cancer link to be dismissed and ignored. Because of this unscientific stonewalling of this information, over the past 20 years 2,000,000 women in the United States alone have gotten breast cancer – which may have been prevented by simply loosening their bra and wearing it less often, each day.

So, when the ACS or Komen Foundation ask for a donation, send them your bra, instead. This will give them the message, and help you prevent breast cancer at the same time.

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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:


“Scientific evidence does not support a link between wearing an underwire bra (or any type of bra) and an increased risk of breast cancer. There is no biological reason the two would be linked, and any observed relationship is likely due to other factors.”

Internet e-mail rumors and at least one book have suggested that bras cause breast cancer by obstructing lymph flow. There is no good scientific or clinical basis for this claim.

Studies that support the bra/cancer link:

1991 Harvard study (CC Hsieh, D Trichopoulos (1991). Breast size, handedness and breast cancer risk. European Journal of Cancer and Clinical Oncology 27(2):131-135.). This study found that, “Premenopausal women who do not wear bras had half the risk of breast cancer compared with bra users…”

1991-93 U.S. Bra and Breast Cancer Study by Singer and Grismaijer, published in Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras (Avery/Penguin Putnam, 1995; ISCD Press, 2005). Found that bra-free women have about the same incidence of breast cancer as men. 24/7 bra wearing increases incidence over 100 times that of a bra-free woman.

Singer and Grismaijer did a follow-up study in Fiji, published in Get It Off! (ISCD Press, 2000). Found 24 case histories of breast cancer in a culture where half the women are bra-free. The women getting breast cancer were all wearing bras. Given women with the same genetics and diet and living in the same village, the ones getting breast disease were the ones wearing bras for work.

A 2009 Chinese study (Zhang AQ, Xia JH, Wang Q, Li WP, Xu J, Chen ZY, Yang JM (2009). [Risk factors of breast cancer in women in Guangdong and the countermeasures]. In Chinese. Nan Fang Yi Ke Da Xue Xue Bao. 2009 Jul;29(7):1451-3.) found that NOT sleeping in a bra was protective against breast cancer, lowering the risk 60%.

2011 a study was published, in Spanish, confirming that bras are causing breast disease and cancer. It found that underwired and push-up bras are the most harmful, but any bra that leaves red marks or indentations may cause disease.

Studies that refute the bra/cancer link:


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  • 4lifeandfreedom

    How do you explain the Hollywood starlets getting breast cancer–they are prone to showing what they have minus the bra! The underwire bras for uplift had added much to the health concerns of women who were willing to be uncomfortable in order to have the “look.”
    My boycott of the fundraising cancer organizations began a long time ago and more recently has to do with the Susan Komen Foundation giving money to Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of killing our unborn babies. Knowing that the American Cancer foundation would not exist if the cancer research were not funded; thus, no cure will be found–only more “treatments” to make more money.

    • 1555

      Numerous women who you may call “Hollywood starlets” have had implants. Implants leak silicon and lead to numerous problems.
      And I agree with you that cancer “charities” do not want want to make cancer go away – it is their entire reason for being …so they need to keep it around. Cures are many, and too bad that many good health professionals have been run out of the USA because they can help people to heal themselves of the cancer for a couple of thousand dollars. The cancer industry does not want that to be known.

  • Matt

    As a male, I whole-heatedly endorse the removal of Bras from the surface of the earth! They have been a scourge to men since time non-rememberable.

    That glibness aside, this is a worrying take on one of the causes of breast cancer. I ponder: if this can be proved, how many women will happily seek a safe alternative if it means sacrificing appearances? I would hope this is taken seriously (and no, not being glib here).

    I would expect the burden of proof will be high on this one, else there will be profound resistance to change.

  • R. Divine

    This sounds great and all, but as a woman with naturally large breasts , bra free is not an option. a-b cups great, but large C-D- or DD and beyond need to wear a bra. Have these people any idea how uncomfortable large breast are when they hang? Not just on my back but on the breast itself? Yes it pulls and is painful. It isnt about how I look in a top, but i want to feel good and yes I want to look good.
    I dont want my breast down to my belly button. I make sure my bra fits me well and I am not bulging out from the top or sides, but to tell me to wear a loose bra is ridiculous. If the bra doesnt fit snugly on the rib cage then a person can get chaffing under the breast and the rib. I have tried to wear a bra that was to bit and the sway is horrible. I am a breast cancer survivor, I am not about to give up my bras. Do i wear under-wire, not anymore. Will i wear a sports bra or similar to sleep yes, Breast under armpit while sleeping sucks.

    • sydsinger

      You probably have lymphedema of the breasts as a result of both the surgery and your bras. Otherwise, there is no reason why natural breasts should be painful. The extra lymph fluid in your breasts is making them heavy and sore. If women did not wear tight bras every day in the first place, this problem would not happen.
      As for large breasts causing pain and discomfort, there was a study recently done in the UK which showed that large breasted women who sought breast reduction surgery did not need surgery. Their bras were too tight. Ending the constriction eliminated the breast pain, and avoided the surgery.

  • F. Egeland

    Can you recommend any good bra companies or styles or types of bras that are safer?

  • Marina

    Dr. Barry Trowers, who is an expert in radio and microwave radiation poisoning, says women should not wear underwire bras because the microwaves attach themselves to the wire which surrounds the breast. You can find him on YouTube. Also, bras made from toxic materials like lycra, which is nuclear waste, should not have pink ribbons on them, giving women the false impression that people who manufacture those toxic bras care about women. They do not care at all.

  • rational2012

    Breast cancer is not caused by tight or loose bras. This article is just plain dumb.