The Issue of Underwire Bras and Breast Cancer

Have you ever gone looking for bras that don’t have underwire?  I have – they are really hard to find.  And, why would I be looking for bras with no underwire?

There is a lot of controversy around the issue ‘does wearing underwire bras cause breast cancer?’  One of the main reasons to think about this issue is the fact that wearing a bra that gives the breast more freedom of movement.   This movement allows lymph fluid in the breast to flush out toxins and waste materials.  We’re not talking about no bra, just a bra with good support but without the underwire.  Here is a link to a great article explaining this issue –

Often when a woman has breast surgery, the underarm and side of the body become more sensitive.  For myself, I find the underwire hits a nerve and causes my arm to go numb.  The issue then becomes comfort.  Sometimes a skin flap is left on the side of the body.  You’ll notice that mastectomy bras have no seams on the side and are made in a soft fabric to provide this comfort and ease of wear.

I’d like to see the bra industry provide more options for women who are concerned about their breast health.  What do you think?



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