The one where I stand accused of being a shill for big lingerie

After more than four years of blogging it has come to pass that a comment is so outrageous that it warrants its own little post. The comment isn’t about abortion or contraception or shirtgate or any of the seemingly “controversial” things that I write about it. No, it is about bras. It is in response […]

Hey Gwyneth Paltrow, a GYN says stop scaring women about bras and breast cancer

Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP is the latest site to stoke false fears about bras and breast cancer (scaremongering being a nice touch for breast cancer awareness month – wraps up the whole October fright fest thing with a pink bow). The post is written by Dr. Habib Sadeghi, a doctor of osteopathic medicine and apparently the person who […]

Bras do not cause breast cancer. End of discussion. Really.

I have written on this subject before because it’s a myth that just won’t go away. Some of this is perpetuated by the authors of the book Dressed to kill: The link between breast cancer and bras and by people like Joe Mercola. The post I recently wrote on this subject was trolled by one of the […]

Your bra is not killing you

The myth that bras cause breast cancer is apparently coming ‘round the barn again. The latest scare-you-out-of-your-brassiere “article” claims there are “five research studies” that show a strong correlation between bra wearing and breast cancer. Well, that certainly sounds all scientific. Why the bra hullaballoo? A couple of anthropologists wrote a whole book about their incorrect […]

Did the American College of Radiology accuse the BMJ mammography authors of misconduct?

This week the BMJ published the latest results from the Canadian National Breast Screening Study (CNBSS). A brief summary of the CNBSS: Women were randomly assigned to annual mammography or breast exams and then the outcomes tracked. The results in the BMJ: mammography did not improve survival. This is a very interesting study and when […]

Is thermography a valid tool for breast cancer screening or snake oil?

Thermography uses heat sensitive infrared cameras to image the body and measure heat emission. Solid tumors, even when they are tiny, have an increased blood flow and inflammation compared with non cancerous tissue. Theoretically this could lead to a thermal gradient between a cancer and the surrounding non cancerous tissues. Some animal studies indicate that […]

New study confirms no link between abortion and breast cancer

In 2004 the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer evaluated the worldwide epidemiological evidence on the possible relation between breast cancer and previous spontaneous and induced abortion ad found no link. The results, drawn from 53 studies, were published in the Lancet. A new study confirms this data, that there is no link between abortion and breast cancer. […]

Breast cancer and painful sex: causes and treatment options

Many women with breast cancer develop painful intercourse. To develop a second reproductive tract issue while undergoing therapy for breast cancer is just adding insult to injury. There are a couple of common diagnosis that can contribute to painful intercourse (also called dyspareunia) for women with breast cancer, and definitely some treatment options. The first […]