4. Chances are, you’ve gotten that scary viral email warning about underwire bras putting you at risk for cancer. “This is a myth that many believe,” says Jené Luciani, author of “The Bra Book: The Fashion Formula to Finding the Perfect Bra.” “The theory is that if the underwire bra is very tight and it’s riding up on your breast a bit and digging in, it would put pressure on your lymphatic system, causing it to not function properly. And that would give rise to a tumor. But medical science does not support this theory.”
According to Breastcancer.org, a non-profit education organization: “There is no scientific evidence to support these rumors. Only one scientific study has looked at the link between wearing a bra and breast cancer. There was no real difference in risk between women who wore a bra and women who didn’t wear a bra.
5. If you feel more comfortabletucking your girls into a bra at night, go for it. In fact, if you’re busty, you’re better off not leaving them to the mercy of gravity, even overnight. Allen Gabriel, M.D., associate professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif., says, “Wearing a bra to bed has benefits for women with large breasts or implants. It won’t prevent sagging, but can possibly delay it in women over size B/C.”
Just make sure that you’re going to bed in a bra that doesn’t have underwire and is not too tight. “Restrictive bras, especially those with underwire, can be harmful if the wire sits tight on skin and pinches it,” says Gabriel. “This can develop into a blister or a wound and even a long-term scar.
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