Talking Underwires…

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June 17, 2014 by Dr. Sana Keller

Although considered a myth by many, the link between wearing an underwire or tight-fitting bra and breast cancer continues to be question for many women. To date, there are no conclusive studies linking the two (‘not enough evidence to support this claim’), yet our knowledge base of cancer-causing agents and factors continues to grow—and, along with it, our ability to minimize cancer risk as we take an active role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. underwire

One example of this expanding knowledge base: Hormone-disrupting chemicals called phthalates have been found to change the normal hormonal balance and are considered hormonally-active agents because of their ability to interfere with the endocrine system in the body.  Studies have shown that phthalates (found in plastics, scented lotions, deodorants and many other products) can reduce female fertility and cause premature breast development in young women. They may also affect fetal development (EPA & 2004 University of Rochester study). We’ll leave this for another blog posting.

braGetting back to underwire and tight-fitting bras…there are way-comfy bras out there with great support minus the underwire–So why not take advantage of the comfort, realizing that you may be taking a simple, positive step in your breast health as well?  

My friend, Pam, of Mainstream Boutique in Minot, carries the ‘Coobie’ brand of non-underwire bras—and yes, they are amazingly comfortable and yet provide great support. Definitely worth checking out—especially with the many styles available—designed to fit us all. 🙂coobie

A few more breast health tips: Maintain Vitamin D level in Optimal range…Turmeric (an herb) used in food preparation and/or as a supplement…Ground flax seed (freshly ground)…Minimize sugar and high fructose corn syrup intake…& Daily exercise.

No, cancer prevention is not an exact science, yet there is MUCH we can do to minimize our risk of developing cancer or cancer recurrence. Thanks for reading…wishing you abundant health…


Sana Keller, MS, RN, CNC, MH, HHP


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