ACS names methods of lowering the risk of breast cancer for women with high risk (family history, mutation, etc.) separately, such as medicines and preventive surgery, so proper consultation with the doctor is needed.Red flags:
CDC also lists the warning symptoms of breast cancer that must be taken into consideration:
- A new lump in the breast or underarm (armpit);
- Thickening or swelling of part of the breast;
- Irritation or dimpling of breast skin;
- Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast;
- Pulling in or pain in the nipple area;
- Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood;
- Changes in the size or the shape of the breast;
- Pain in any area of the breast.
Some people may not even have symptoms; therefore, talking to your doctor about regular screenings is essential. Screening tests don't prevent breast cancer, but early detection makes it easier to treat (CDC).