Clearing breast cancer myths

2015-11-04 06:00
Photo: supplied Satin Candy owner, Sandra Thomas.

Photo: supplied Satin Candy owner, Sandra Thomas.

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SOME of the myths that are often heard range from “exercising helps keep your breast from drooping”, “there is no need to wear a sports bra during high impact activity” and the urban legend that “under-wire bras cause breast cancer”, which are all false.

Satin Candy owner, Sandra Thomas says: “Firstly, breasts consist of fat and glandular tissue, not muscle, which means they cannot be tightened or toned, like that of a buttock, however, if one should do chest-related exercises, this can assist in strengthening the surrounding ligaments in the pectoral area, which may help breasts look perkier.”

She said there is the fact that when it comes to sporting activities that involves high intensity, it is advised that a supportive bra is worn.

“A supportive bra reduces the stress placed on your breasts during your workout routine. High impact exercises cause the breasts to bounce, which will eventually damage the connective tissues in your breasts, this is why I always suggest that customers with a keen sense of high impact activity, purchase a supportive sports bra like Anita sports bra.”

Thomas said this particular bra fuses high-function details like no other sports bra. It offers complete stability supported by the X-shaped back which produces a less bounce effect while still being easy to wear and comfortable thanks to its “easy on and off” features. Remember when doing high intensity exercise or even horse riding, replace them annually.

When it comes to under-wire bras, Thomas says that there is no medical evidence to support this notion. She states there is no scientific evidence to support the rumour that under-wire bras cause breast cancer by blocking the drainage of lymph fluid from the bottom of the breast so it can't get back into your body.

“Only one scientific study has looked at the link between wearing a bra and breast cancer. There was no real difference in risk between women who wore a bra and women who didn't wear a bra.”

Another important point, if it did cause breast cancer it would have to carry a warning label like that of packets of cigarettes.

“Finally when wearing an under-wire bra, one needs to ensure you are wearing the correct size bra otherwise the under-wire tends to push into your breast tissue and that’s not pleasant or even comfortable.”

Thomas does, however, highlight that there are some myths that are true like that of the ageing process having an effect on sagging breasts, which is true.

Ageing is something inevitable and as your body gets older, tissues and ligaments in the body as well as elastin and collagen in the breasts begin to deteriorate.

“For those who are menopausal, fat starts to replace the dense tissue in the breast which lacks ability to support the breast, causing sagging, but at Satin Candy we don’t only offer bras that will help beat the sag and make you look lifted and supported, we also ensure that you are correctly fitted.

I have come across thousands of women who do not know their proper bra size and most times are wearing the wrong size bra” which does not do your breasts any justice,” Thomas says.

For more information, phone Satin Candy on 031 764 5541 (Kloof) or 031 564 4042 (Durban North).

- Supplied.

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