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COLUMBIA - Finding your right bra size won't just help you, with a project, you can help other people around the country too.

Fit for the Cure is partnered with Wacoal, a lingerie company, to raise money for further breast cancer research at Dillard’s.

The department store sold bras and donated some of money made from the sale to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

For every bra purchased, two dollars were donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

According to the Susan G. Foundation, every two minutes a person is diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer doesn’t just affect women, it affects men too. More than 200,000 women and men in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer.

Shopper Edna Szyjka said she brought her granddaughter so they both could find their right fit.

“Well it makes me feel wonderful that I can participate in this, it is a wonderful event and I think it’s great that Dillard’s is doing it,” she said.

She said she thinks events like Fit For the Cure, that helps women brings women closer together.

“It’s very important, it’s a wonderful cause and us women, we need to stick together and it’s a wonderful cause and I’m glad to be of help,” Szyjka said.

Wacoal sales consultant, Nancy Balkenbusch, said she enjoys helping women find the right fit because so many women do not wear the right one.

“It’s such an honor to work for a company that gives back like this. So many women are in the wrong size bra and just have breast health issues just from being in the wrong size bra,” she said.

Balkenbusch said 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong bra size. She said the top three sizes women commonly wear that are not their actual size are 36B, 38B, and 40B.

Balkenbusch said she feels more like a medical professional than a sales consultant. 

“It’s just feels good, knowing you are helping people. Sometimes I feel like a medical professional where so many women wear too big of a band, too small of a cup and they’re miserable all day. They get fit in a good quality Wacoal bra, and it just changes their life,” she said.

Balkenbusch said someone close to her experienced a stage of breast cancer.

“This year my best friend from college was actually diagnosed with zero breast cancer, and her treatment was localized radiation. Her treatment only lasted a week, so finding out early and getting rid of that right at the start is such a big big part of what is going on in the breast cancer survival,” she said.

Stage zero breast cancer means there are breast cancer cells developing in the breast.

April 12 will be another time women can be fitted for the correct size. This event will be held all day at Dillard’s.

3 ways to know if your bra is a no go: 

  1. When your bra is higher than the midpoint in your back. If this is happening to you, then

  2. If you can pull your band out further than 1-1.5 inches, your band is too big. When your band is too big, it causes the straps to fill in for support, which can cause back pain.

  3. Take your bra straps off of your shoulders. If your bra starts falling, this means your bra is too big. Bras are meant to keep the breast lifted, and the straps are just a little source of extra support.