What is National No Bra Day?
History of National No Bra Day
National No Bra Day timeline
- 1600 BC
First Recorded Instance of Cancer
The first case of any cancer was mentioned in Egypt on The Edwin Smith Papyrus. It described eight different cases of growths and ulcers found within the breast.
First Radical Mastectomy
The Halsted Mastectomy (which is considered the first radical mastectomy) was performed by American surgeon William Halsted.
Breast Cancer Awareness Week Launches
A weeklong organized event occurred in the United States in order to spread breast cancer awareness.
Pink Ribbons Become Symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation began handing out pink ribbons to breast cancer survivors running in its Race For The Cure event.
National No Bra Day FAQs
When Day Is No Bra Day 2020?
What is the meaning of No Bra Day?
When is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated annually during the month of October.
How to Observe National No Bra Day
Learn how to perform a breast self-examination
According to Johns Hopkins Medical Center, “40 percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump,” and the key to beating cancer is to catch it early. There are helpful infographics on the internet about self examination, and you can also consult a physician for further details. If you feel a lump or notice any irregularities (such as discharge, dimpling, or puckering), consult your doctor immediately.
Participate on social media
Share your support for your lawless, bra-less comrades by documenting your experience on social media. Connecting with others who are also observing this holiday can lead to helpful conversations, tips on great cancer charities, or even new friendships!
Buy a new bra
Maybe it's counterintuitive, but National No Bra Day is a great excuse to treat yourself to a more comfortable bra. A bra that doesn't fit can be a real pain, so use the spirit of the day to treat yourself to comfort!
Why National No Bra Day is Important
It raises breast cancer awareness
Since it is customary for people with breasts to wear bras every day, setting aside a day for purposely not wearing a bra helps make people more aware of breasts in general. Cancer, as a disease, relies on people not paying attention to it until it’s too late. But by paying attention and being aware of your breasts, you minimize the risk that you will be severely affected by breast cancer.
It raises breast awareness
We're just going to say it—breasts are a taboo subject. But, if no one talks about them, how are we ever going to lower the risk of breast cancer? National No Bra Day is a day where it's okay, and even encouraged, to talk about breasts. This normalizes them, and de-stigmatizes getting checked for cancer.
It’s the most comfortable day of the year
Non-bra-wearers may not realize this, but bras have a tendency to be hideously uncomfortable. National No Bra Day is a great excuse to throw convention to the wind and go without a bra! (Only if you want to, of course.)