Here’s some news you can use: if you’re a woman and you want to lower your risk of breast cancer, stop wearing your bra. You can read all about it at Brafree.org, run by Dr. Elizabeth Vaughan, age 48, a bonafide Bra-free doctor. The research on this issue is fairly extensive, although Dr. Vaughan notes that no MD will tell you there’s a scientifically proven link between wearing bras and breast cancer. Then again, no MD would tell you there was a link between smoking and cancer for most of the past century.
I always suspected there was something wrong with wearing this wiry thing that shoved your breast tissue into uncomfortable positions. I started wearing sports bras after I became a mother because I found they gave me the easiest access to the goods for my little one. But after reading about how bras may be part of the problem, I’m ready to join the braless brigade. I feel sorry for women whose breasts are so large that this does not seem like an option.