“We do not know of any epidemiologic studies
published in scientific journals that suggest bras directly
contribute to breast cancer risk or that lymphatic compression
by bras might cause breast cancer.”
The other webpage repeats this misinformation,
and was written by David Sampson, Director of Media Relations.
In both webpages, the only peer-reviewed study
mentioned is a 1991 Harvard study that found that pre-menopausal
bra-free women had half the rate of breast cancer as bra users.
Instead of seeing this as supporting the bra-cancer link and
calling for further research, the ACS tries to rationalize away
these findings, guessing that breast size may have caused the
lower risk in bra-free women, whom they assume were smaller
However, this Harvard study, which was looking at
breast size and breast cancer incidence, found that having large
breasts was associated with increased risk of breast cancer only
in POST-menopausal women, not in PRE-menopausal women. Their
surprising finding that pre-menopausal bra-free women had half
the breast cancer risk compared to bra users cannot be explained
by breast size, since size only matters, if at all, for
POST-menopausal women, according to this study.
In other words, their study showed that breast
size was not a factor for breast cancer risk in younger women,
and yet they used breast size to explain why younger women who
were bra-free had a lower risk.
Using this illogical argument to discredit the
Harvard study, and claiming that there are no studies supporting
the bra-cancer link, the ACS has created a fake news piece that
has been used by Wikipedia, the National Cancer Institute, the
Susan G. Komen Foundation, and other opponents of the bra-cancer
link to “prove” that the bra-cancer link is a “myth”.
I decided to contact ACS’s David Sampson directly
to discuss this issue, and to share two new peer reviewed
epidemiological studies which show a significant bra-cancer link
(see below for references). How could he ignore new research
showing the link is real?
After making email contact and sending him the
information, I made a phone call and spoke with him for over an
hour. His attitude was defensive and argumentative. But he
finally assured me that the new research would be reviewed by
his epidemiologist. I was hopeful.
But my hopes were soon dashed against the
stubbornness of a closed mind. He said that his epidemiologist
was not impressed. I had included the 1991 Harvard study in my
list of supportive studies. I asked for the notes his
epidemiologist made about these studies. The reply was very
Regarding the Harvard study, the epidemiologist
wrote, “Couldn’t access the full text of this study from 1991.
But in abstract the authors offer reasonable reasons for
associations”, referring to the smaller breast argument.
I wrote Sampson back that I was surprised that
his epidemiologist could not find the Harvard study full text,
especially since they used that study in their argument! You
would think that an epidemiologist for the ACS would have access
to research, especially studies that they are commenting about.
The response to the other studies I sent was
equally vacuous and biased. Sampson’s mind was closed, and no
research would shake his position.
Clearly, the ACS does not want the bra-cancer
link to become part of the medical approach to breast cancer
prevention. After all, the ACS is about
detecting and treating cancer with drugs, radiation and surgery. (http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/cancer-screening-has-never-saved-lives-bmj-study-concludes-1)
They even sell bras and breast prostheses for
women who have had their breasts removed (source).
Preventing this disease by ending the
constriction of the breasts caused by wearing tight bras is not
a medical procedure, and does not make any money for the cancer
But there is another reason why the ACS does not
want to admit that bras are causing breast cancer. How will
they save face? How can they admit that their denial of this
information for the past 20 years has been the cause of numerous
women getting breast cancer, who might have prevented this
disease had they known about the bra-cancer link?
The ACS has made its statement that bras don’t
cause breast cancer, and they will do whatever they need to do
to maintain that lie.
Unfortunately, other medical institutions who
trust the ACS are following their lead and perpetuating the same
misinformation. Take, for example, the Evangelical Hospital in
Lewisburg, PA. They have a webpage that was developed for
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it calls the bra-cancer link
a myth, saying there are no scientific studies to support the
And it did more than that. It actually claimed
that a 2014 study was done that compared bra-free women to bra
users and found no link. This was more than an uninformed
statement. It was a bold-faced lie. There is no such study.
I contacted Evangelical Hospital and tried to get the
information changed on their website. I explained to their IT
person in charge of the webpage that there are new studies which
show a significant bra-cancer link, and sent him the studies. I
explained that the 2014 study they mentioned was probably the
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center study commissioned to
disprove the bra-cancer link. (Hutchinson-1)
That study was only done on post-menopausal women and did not
include any bra-free women. There was no control group. It was
like studying lung cancer and cigarettes and only looking at old
smokers, excluding non-smokers. It was bad research designed to
dismiss the bra-cancer link, which makes it propaganda and not
science. The fact is, that study did not include any bra-free
women, despite the claim on this hospital’s website.
The IT person decided to remove the false
information and then republish the article using the ACS as the
to the American Cancer Society (ACS), there are no
scientifically valid studies that show wearing underwire bras
causes cancer. The ACS adds it is not aware of any epidemiologic
studies published in scientific journals that suggest wearing
any type of bra directly contributes to breast cancer risk.”
Frankly, I was appalled. I showed them the
studies. Here was a hospital knowingly publishing false
information simply because the ACS said it was true.
I wrote to the Evangelical Hospital President and
the Vice President of Medical Affairs, asking how they can
publish on the Internet information that they know is false. I
received a reply that they would take down the information, but
that has not happened yet, over one month later (fall 2016).
But the Evangelical Hospital is not alone in its
distribution of fake cancer news. Tristar Skyline Medical Center
in Tennessee is also guilty. On their website they falsely
American Cancer Society conducted a study of more than 1,500
women that found no association of bra use and breast cancer
There is no such study. No reference was given.
This is fake cancer news.
The ACS misinformation about the bra-cancer link
is like a cancer itself, spreading disease-causing
misinformation throughout the medical world.
The good news is that I have been successful many
times in correcting news stories that call the bra-cancer link a
myth. Some news outlets take down the fake myth story, but
others resist by citing the ACS.
The moral of this story is that our culture is
suffering because it trusts the ACS and its fake cancer
information. Having made their statement against the bra-cancer
link 20 years ago, they feel they must stick to their lie and
forestall the anger of a public that has been supporting them to
find the causes of breast cancer, not to suppress information
that is inconvenient to the profit driven, drug-focused cancer
How can our culture break free of the influence
of the ACS? How many women must die needlessly from this
preventable disease simply because the ACS (and the National
Cancer Institute, Komen Foundation, and other cancer charities
which follow the ACS) publish fake cancer news?
It usually takes 30 years or so for breakthroughs
to make it past the naysayers. That’s because the naysayers, who
have put their reputations on the line, need to save face and
keep their jobs as “experts” until they retire. That’s why it
took 30 years for the tobacco-cancer link to be accepted by the
medical establishment. The old, corrupted guard must first
It’s been 20 years now for the bra-cancer link.
So in about ten years, after people like David Sampson retire,
expect the bra-cancer link to get greater medical attention.
Fortunately, you don’t need to wait for the ACS
to come around for you to stop harming yourself with tight
1. Wearing a Tight Bra for Many Hours a Day is Associated with
Increased Risk of Breast Cancer
Adv Oncol Res Treat 1: 105.
2. Comparative study of breast cancer risk factors at Kenyatta
National Hospital and the Nairobi Hospital
J. Afr. Cancer (2015) 7:41-46
3. Bra linked to breast cancer.
4. [A case-control study on risk factors of female breast cancer
in Zhejiang province].
5. Breast size, handedness and breast cancer risk.
How do you know when medical news is fake? Can you trust what
you read simply because it comes from an allegedly reputable
source? To learn more about how bras affect health, visit
Sydney Ross Singer
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