These symptoms may, but don't necessarily, indicate breast cancer. Whatever the case, you should always get them checked out by a doctor – especially if you have an elevated risk of breast cancer.
Although the risk of contracting breast cancer increases particularly over age 50, younger women are also affected. Around one fifth of all sufferers are below 50 when diagnosed. Even men can get breast cancer, although it's rarely diagnosed and in most cases affects men over age 60.
According to the Swiss Cancer League, other factors besides age can increase the risk of breast cancer. They include:
The earlier the cancer is detected, the easier the therapy and the greater the patient's chance of survival. Finding out whether a woman has breast cancer involves a mammogram (an X-ray examination of the breast) or biopsy (removing a tissue sample). The most common treatment methods are chemotherapy, radiation therapy and antibody therapy or surgery (these days more likely to involve breast reduction rather than complete removal).
This year sees the eleventh edition of the Pink Ribbon Charity Walk, with around 5,000 walkers and runners expected to gather in Zurich's Letzigrund stadium on 2 September 2018. The main aim of the event is to show solidarity with people affected by breast cancer. More information on the Charity Walk: https://www.pink-ribbon.ch/.