It may have only started this decade, but with over 50,000 new cases of breast cancer every year and 12,000 deaths, days such as National No Bra Day are becoming more and more popular.

In the month of October alone, over 5,000 women will get diagnosed with breast cancer.

The National No Bra Day in 2019 comes just over week after a new study from Harvard University found that burgers and hot dogs can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer.

Dr Farvid, the lead author of the study, said: ‘Although high amounts of nitrate and nitrite might link processed meat to increased risk of breast cancer, the high content of saturated fat, cholesterol and heme iron found in red meat may also underlie the association with breast cancer.

‘This systematic review and meta-analysis including prospective cohort studies of red meat and processed meat consumption provides evidence that higher consumption of processed meat is associated with higher risk of breast cancer.’

Here is all you need to know about National No Bra Day including what and when it is and why is it being celebrated.

When is National No Bra Day 2019?

National No Bra Day 2018 takes place on Sunday, October 13, 2019. It’s held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Care’s The Big Pink fundraiser, although National No Bra Day has no affiliation with them.

What is National No Bra Day?

National No Bra Day is thought to have started back in 2011 and has spread mainly through social media, with many women using the #nobraday hashtag to campaign.

According to Know Your Meme, the #nobraday started back in 2014 with the user ShaunaElaine24 tweeting: ‘Is it weird that I’m excited for October 13th #BreastCancerAwareness #NoBraDay’

The purpose of National Bra Day is to raise awareness of breast cancer and educate people on how to carry out self-examinations and be aware of breast cancer symptoms.

The Day occurs in October to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with people being encouraged to do everything from go braless, donate money and wear purple on the day.

The Day is also a time for people to help and support breast cancer survivors.

On National No Bra Day women are also encouraged to get a mammogram screening and give money to the Breast Cancer Care charity.

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