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Gwyneth Paltrow‘s lifestyle website Goop has been accused of scaremongering, after one of the website’s contributors wrote an article suggesting a link between certain kinds of bras and breast cancer — a claim that has been debunked by scientists.
The article, titled Could there possibly be a link between underwire bras and breast cancer?, suggested wearing tight bras, as well as bras with underwire, could restrict the lymph nodes around the breast and underarm, causing toxins to build up and potentially pose a breast cancer risk.
As well as being published on Goop, the 2700-word article was included a newsletter to subscribers.
“Over 85 percent of the lymph fluid flowing from the breast drains to the armpit lymph nodes. Most of the rest drains to the nodes along the breastbone. Bras and other external tight clothing can impede flow,” Dr. Michael Schacter of the Schacter Center for Complimentary Medicine told the article’s author, Dr. Habib Sadeghi.
“The nature of the bra, the tightness, and the length of time worn, will all influence the degree of blockage of lymphatic drainage. Thus, wearing a bra might contribute to the development of breast cancer as a result of cutting off lymphatic drainage, so that toxic chemicals are trapped in the breast," he continued.