Good news for pretty much anyone with boobs: A new study focusing on bras and breast health, published Friday in the medical journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, showed that there is no link between wearing a bra and developing breast cancer. Researchers at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center conducted a study — the first of its kind — looking for proof of the oft-rumored correlation between bras and breast cancer. After surveying over 1,500 postmenopausal women about their bra-related history and habits, as well as their breast cancer status, the research revealed that there was no connection between wearing a bra and developing cancer.
"Our study found no evidence that wearing a bra increases a woman's risk for breast cancer," noted researcher Lu Chen. "The risk was similar no matter how many hours per day women wore a bra, whether they wore a bra with an underwire, or at what age they first began wearing a bra."
The news is quite a relief for all us underwire warriors, since the myth that bras cause cancer has had a longer lifespan than even those email chains your kookiest aunt is always sending you. The idea of a bra-cancer connection was even the subject of the highly controversial 1995 book Dressed to Kill (which, notably, was written by medical anthropologists, not research scientists).
Now that this rumor has finally been put to rest, what other lies and half-truths about the over the shoulder boulder holder can we clear up? Here are seven other bra myths, busted.
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