Breast Myths

The good, the bad – and the ugly. Stories we tell ourselves about our breasts and cancer that simply aren’t true #timetocheck



These claims have been around for several years, including that claims of aluminium in antiperspirants can increase your risk. There is no convincing evidence to show that this is the case
Underwired bras
Wearing a well-fitting bra is important, if your bra doesn’t fit it may cause discomfort, pain or swelling but it will not cause the restriction of the flow of lymph fluid into the armpit causing toxin build up, and this is a myth!
Several studies have failed to link stress directly to cancer. However, they have linked stress to an increase in other lifestyle behaviours like being less active, drinking alcohol or smoking more, which could increase your risk.
Nipple piercing
There is no evidence, but it does increase the risk of infection at the time of piercing and whilst wearing the jewellery.
Shift work or exposure to light at night
Shift work or exposure to light at night may increase the risk of breast cancer as they are responsible for decreasing the production of certain hormones which are protective against breast cancer. Most recent research says this is a myth.
Mammograms are harmful
Mammograms are x-rays and do have radiation, the risk is minimal and it is considered to outweigh the risks. To put into perspective if you fly to Australia you are exposed to more radiation.
Finding a Lump = Cancer
Not true, only a small percentage of lumps are cancerous. Lots of ladies have lumpy breasts, talk to our nurses if you are worried about this! This comes back to knowing what is normal for you.
Mobile Phones and 5G
Some people worry about radio waves, there is currently no evidence that the radio waves from mobile phones cause breast cancer or increase the risks of developing it.
Being knocked or damage like squeezing or bruising
It may cause damage including swelling that is tender to touch. Sometimes this can lead to the development of a benign (not cancerous) lump known as fat necrosis which is scar tissue that can form whilst the body heals the damaged tissue.
In vitro fertilisation – current evidence shows there is no increased risk, however as it is a relatively new procedure, more research is needed into the long-term effects.
Several recent studies have shown this does not affect your risks.
Annual mammograms guarantee that breast cancer can be found early
Unfortunately, this isn’t foolproof, which is why breast awareness is so important. We could talk about false negatives, but to keep this simple, have a mammogram if you are eligible, know your breasts by being breast aware so that you can find any changes when they happen.
Transgender people cannot get Breast Cancer
Transgender women undergoing hormone treatment have an increased risk compared to cisgender men, transgender men and AFAB (Assigned female at birth). Nonbinary people can still develop breast cancer after surgery and/or while taking testosterone but there are no reliable studies to say if the risk is increased.
The Witham Hub

Unit 17, The Grove Shopping Centre, Witham, Essex CM8 2YT

Collected 622 Bras

Raised £457

Morrisons Witham

Braintree Rd, Witham CM8 2GD

Collected 939 Bras

Raised £788

Morley Nurseries

Southend Rd, Great Wakering, Essex SS3 0PU

Collected 280 Bras

Raised £224

My Fairytale Wardrobe

Bell St, Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 7JS

Collected 275 Bras

Raised £238

Hollywood Babes - Thorpe Bay

Hollywood Babes , 186 The Broadwat, Thorpe Bay, Essex SS1 3ES

Collected 174 Bras

Raised £121

Coco Boo

49 Rectory Grove Leigh on Sea SS9 2HA

Collected 595 Bras

Raised £491

The Bra Consultancy

16 Edward’s Walk, Maldon CM9 5PS

Collected 395 Bras

Raised £315

Morrisons Maldon

Limebrook Way, Maldon CM9 6GG

Collected 669 Bras

Raised £602

Harwich Library

Upper Kingsway, Dovercourt, Harwich CO12 3JT

Collected 382

Raised £291

Frinton Library

59 Old Rd, Frinton-on-Sea CO13 9DA

Bras Collected 415

Amount raised £320

Brentwood Library

New Rd, Brentwood CM14 4BP

Ingatestone Library

High Street, Ingatestone CM4 9EU

Nationwide Leigh on Sea

73 The Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1PW

Funky Barnets

714 Southchurch Road , Southend-on-Sea SS1 2PS

Total collected 464

Raising £370

Tracies Nails & Beauty

108 Rectory Road, Pitsea SS13 2AH

Tesco Pitsea

Off High Road, Pitsea SS13 3JU

My Secret Wardrobe

Wickford, Essex

Basildon Library

Basildon Centre, The St. Martins Square, Basildon SS14 1EE

Vange Library

Southview Road, Basildon SS16 4ET

Fryerns Library

Whitmore Way, Basildon SS14 2NN

Morrisons 284 Hadleigh

175 London Rd, Hadleigh, Benfleet SS7 2RB

Collected 2157 Bras

Raised £1662

Morrisons Canvey Island

Northwick Rd, Canvey Island SS8 0SW

Collected 1675 Bras

Raised £1323

Rochford Nail Bar

8 West St, Rochford SS4 1AJ

Collected £468 Bras

Raised £370


Eastgate Shopping Centre Basildon SS14 1AE

Collected 602 Bras

Raised £509

Orsett Surgery

63 Rowley Rd, Orsett, Grays RM16 3ET

Collected 865 Bras

Raised £621

Mane Attraction

Hylands Parade, Wood St, Chelmsford CM2 8BW

Collected 153 Bras

Raised £140

Boo Boutique

11 Heralds Way, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford CM3 5TQ

Collected 300 Bras

Raised £232

Longfield and Tollesbury Surgeries

Princes Rd, Maldon CM9 5DF

Collected 869 Bras

Raised £473

Morrisons Grays

1 London Rd, Grays RM17 5XZ

Collected 491 Bras

Raised £316

Clacton Library

 Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SF

Total collected 298

Total raised £193

Rochford Library

 8 Roche Close, Rochford SS4 1PX

Shenfield Library

 Adult Community College, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 1BD

Collected 239 bras

Raising £169

Chipping Ongar Library

 The Pleasance, High St, Chipping Ongar, Ongar CM5 9AB

The Ironworks - Southend

90 High St, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1JN 

Waitrose and Partners Leigh on Sea

1231/1241 London Road, Leigh on Sea SS9 3JQ 

Total collected 91

Total raised £75 

Vange Library

Southview Road, Basildon SS16 4ET 

Total collected 56

Total raised £50

Pitsea Library

Maydells, Pitsea, Basildon SS13 3DU

Total collected 91

Total raised £75 

Christ Church - Stock

Christ Church, Stock, Ingatestone CM4 9BN

Westerings Primary Academy PTA

Contact The PTA, Sunny Road, Hockley, SS5 4NZ

Total collected 360

Total raised £296

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