Monday, June 18, 2007

Free bra-fitting could reduce breast reduction surgery

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Women should be offered free bra-fittings on the NHS to cut the number getting unnecessary breast reductions, said doctors.

The British Medical Association (BMA) said if women got the right size underwear it could save the NHS tens of thousands of pounds each year it currently spends on operations.

The organisation, which represents doctors' interests, is to demand bra-fitting should become the first step in a referral for breast reduction surgery.

Studies have shown nine in ten women do not wear the correct size of bra, and 22 per cent have never been measured at all.

This is despite the problems an ill-fitting bra can cause such as wires digging in, chafing and pain in the neck and shoulders, all of which could mistakenly be interpreted as evidence that a breast reduction operation is needed.

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Source : thisislondon




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