These Often-Misunderstood Factors Don't Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Breast cancer is an all-too-common experience for women in the United States, with 1 in 8 women diagnosed with the disease by the age of 85. Unfortunately, misinformation about the causes of breast cancer can lead to much worry about things that have no proven effects on breast cancer risk. 

Kari Wisinski, MD, associate professor (CHS), Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care, was quoted in an article about 12 products, foods, and behaviors that lack scientific evidence of raising risk of breast cancer. 

For example, a recent study investigating whether wearing underwire bras caused breast cancer found no link. "It was a well-done study and it was pretty reassuring," said Dr. Wisinski. 

Similarly, a 2003 study found no link between living near power lines producing electromagnetic fields and breast cancer incidence. 

 

Resources: 

  • "12 Things That Probably Don't Increase Breast Cancer Risk," MSN Health and Fitness, December 5, 2017