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Has it been determined that sleeping in a padded bra causes breast cancer?

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Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 39 years experience
No: This is not a cause of breast cancer.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is it true that if you wear a bra while you are sleeping it will cause breast cancer?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wendell Goins
General Surgery 42 years experience
No: There are no studies that suggest wearing a bra to bed is assoc with increased risk of breast cancer.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
This was actually made up by an anti-brassiere militant. The world is full of crazies.
Apr 29, 2013
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A 23-year-old female asked:

Does wearing padded bras cause breast cancer?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Unlikely: There is objective evidence that wearing bra or a padded bra has anything to do with breast cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine.
A 45-year-old member asked:

I wear a bra all day and all night when I am sleeping, could this cause breast cancer?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Choice of: Garments have not been shown to cause breast cancer. In a large breast, early detection could be a problem, however. So have your screening tests performed according to prescribed schedule.
A 41-year-old member asked:

I have always heard that sleeping with a bra on can cause breast cancer, is this true?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine 30 years experience
No: It is not true that sleeping with a bra on causes breast cancer. It's good for your breasts to have good circulation, like all parts of your body, so wear a bra that fits well and does not bind you anywhere.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you get breast cancer from sleeping with a bra?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
No: If wearing a bra is felt to induce problems because of trauma to the breast, cancer is never caused by trauma. Occasionally trauma has brought attention to the presence of a tumor. Cancer is a 3 stage event and usually induced over a period of time, initially by a virus, followed by a carcinogen or possible separate virus such as EBV which doesn't induce Ca but enhances telomerase.

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