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Debunking The Myth: Can Wearing Sports Bras Cause Cancer?

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In the world of health and wellness, misinformation often spreads like wildfire, fueling unnecessary concerns. Recently, an article by NewBeauty magazine addressed an alarming claim: the potential link between wearing sports bras and an increased risk of breast cancer. Let’s delve into this topic and separate fact from fiction to provide clarity and peace of mind for women.


The article suggests that wearing tight-fitting sports bras for extended periods could restrict the lymphatic system. Furthermore, saying that this restriction could lead to a buildup of toxins and potentially increasing the risk of breast cancer. This claim has sparked concern and questions among many women who prioritize their health and fitness.


While it’s essential to take any health-related claim seriously, it’s equally important to scrutinize the evidence and seek out reputable sources. Based on scientific research and medical consensus, the link between sports bra usage and breast cancer are not supported.

The lymphatic system, which plays a crucial role in the body’s immune response, is not impacted by the compression exerted by sports bras. Furthermore, numerous studies have failed to establish a definitive connection.


  1. Lymphatic System: Yes, it’s true that the lymphatic system can be affected by factors like physical activity and body position. However, the idea that wearing sports bras leads to a harmful buildup of toxins is unfounded. The lymphatic system is capable of efficiently removing waste products and maintaining proper circulation, even during periods of compression.

  2. Breast Cancer Risk: Breast cancer is a complex disease with multiple risk factors, including genetics, age, hormonal factors, and lifestyle choices. Wearing sports bras, even for extended periods, is not considered a significant risk factor for breast cancer. Instead, women are encouraged to focus on regular breast self-exams, mammograms, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.


It’s crucial that we empower women with accurate information and resources to make informed decisions in an era of misinformation. We must rely on scientific evidence and expert guidance, rather than succumbing to fear-mongering tactics. 

While, it’snatural to have concerns about potential health risks, it’s essential to approach these concerns with a critical eye and seek out reliable sources. By arming ourselves with knowledge and advocating for evidence-based healthcare, we can dispel myths and promote a culture of wellness and empowerment.

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Effie Politis, MD, FACS of Politis Plastic Surgery brings both skill and a personalized approach to the care of her plastic surgery patients. She is board certified by
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