Information for the public
Information about treatments to reduce risk
There are treatments that can help reduce your risk if you are estimated to be at high or moderate risk of developing breast cancer. These include drug treatment and risk-reducing surgery. Healthcare professionals should talk to you about all the possible treatments. They should tell you about the possible benefits and side effects of each treatment (including drug treatments) and give you written information that you can read after your appointment. Healthcare professionals should give you an idea of how much each treatment might reduce your risk and use a decision aid so that you can make a decision about whether to go ahead with any of the options.
NICE has produced some decision aids which you and your healthcare professionals might find useful:
Some options for reducing risk may not be suitable for you, depending on your exact circumstances. If you think that your care does not match this advice about treatments for reducing risk, talk to your healthcare team.