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ACS pokes holes in breast cancer-causing bra myth

In the spirit of advancing breast cancer awareness, a representative from the American Cancer Society saw fit to clarify a recent study and dispel the rumor that bras are linked to the common disease.

Over the past 15 years, some studies have claimed that women who always wear bras face a risk of developing breast cancer that is up to 100 times greater than those who never wear bras.

The main argument made by researchers who align the bra with breast cancer risk is that the clothing prevents the elimination of toxins in the area by constricting lymph flow.

However, Dr Ted Gansler, director of medical content for the American Cancer Society, told the New York Times that this concept is not supported by conventional theories of how breast cancer develops.

He also said that such studies are usually tainted by scientific flaws, such as the failure to adjust for other factors such as weight and age.

"Because the idea of bras' causing cancer is so scientifically implausible, it seems unlikely that researchers will ever spend their time and resources to test it in a real epidemiological study," Gansler told the news source.

In the meantime, about 80 percent of women say they would never go out in public without a bra, according to the Consumer Reports National Research Center.
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