Jan 31, - Chris Li and colleagues find the more frequent and severe the menopausal symptoms, the lower the cancer risk. The protective effect appeared to increase along with the number and severity of hot flashes—also known as hot flushes, according to senior author Dr. Chris Li, a breast. Jul 3, - Menopause can change how your breasts look and feel. Find out what You can also apply heat -- try a warm compress -- to the painful area or use over-the-counter pain relievers. Hot Flashes: Symptoms and Treatment.