The possibility of breast cancer is a prevalent issue in every woman’s life and it is easy to assume that there isn’t much you can do to reduce your risk of getting it, but believe it or not, there is! Genetics, diet, environment, and even lifestyle choices have all been linked to increasing woman’s chances, and even though we’re all technically at risk, why not make small changes that could promote prevention in a big way? We’ve all read about the vitamins we should be taking, the foods we should be eating, and the frequent tests we should be conducting, but did you know that the article of fabric and wire that you strap around your chest each day could also be putting you at risk? That’s right ladies, the wonder bra you know and love may not be so wonderful for your health. Studies have shown that overly padded, wiry bras can restrict the flow of blood and lymph fluids in the tissue, while holding your breasts in an unnatural position. This constant restriction can prevent the lymphatic vessels from flushing out toxic substances from your breast tissue which in the long run, can in turn promote the development of cancer cells.
I know what you’re thinking, it isn’t exactly realistic to say we should all stop wearing bras, because let’s face it, many of us need at least a little extra support and coverage under our clothes. We could however, explore the less size altering, restrictive, push-up options instead.
I introduce to you, the bralette! This new trend in undergarments is simple, sexy, and significantly more comfortable than your typical underwire bra. It’s a lacy, unpadded alternative that still gives you much of the necessary coverage and support! I understand that we’re all different shapes and sizes and the minimal amount of support that these bralettes provide, may not work for all women but for the sake of your breast health, seeking alternatives with at least a little less padding and push up than you’re used to can truly make a difference. While this simple lifestyle change may not be a complete prevention, it is at least a fashionable choice that can help you reduce your odds, not to mention the fact that you can’t exactly go wrong with it! So come on ladies, embrace your natural size and shape and save the tatas!
Sydney Burden Is the My Life Fitness beauty and fashion editor. Sydney is a journalism major at San Jose State University with an emphasis in magazine, and a minor in creative writing. Her main areas of interest are fitness and nutrition.