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Mammograms are the key to early detection

In addition to monthly breast self-exams, women should have a screening mammogram every year starting at age 40. With three mammography locations in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove and Schaumburg, and flexible, one-call scheduling, the Breast Center at NCH makes it easy to fit a mammogram appointment into your busy schedule.

Results by Request® available at all locations

An NCH signature service, Results by Request gives you a choice of how you'd like to receive your results.

  • Schedule a one-hour appointment and receive immediate results at the time of your visit
  • Schedule a half-hour visit and receive the results by mail within the next five to seven days


The Breast Center at Northwest Community Hospital

Busse Center for Specialty Medicine
880 West Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

NCH Immediate Care and Imaging Center, Schaumburg

519 South Roselle Road
Schaumburg, IL 60193

NCH Immediate Care Center, Buffalo Grove

15 South McHenry Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

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To schedule a mammogram at any of these locations, call 847.618.3700


NCH digital mammography centers designed for your comfort and convenience

  • Prompt service, short wait times, and evening and Saturday mammogram appointments
  • Private changing and waiting rooms
  • Expert, caring female mammography technologists
  • Full-screen digital mammography—Allows data to be stored on a computer and enhanced or manipulated for thorough evaluation
  • ImageChecker® CAD (computer aided detection) System—Enhances the radiologist's accuracy when reading digital mammograms
  • Extra Gentle Mammograms—Designed specifically for women who avoid mammograms because of pain or anxiety. This individualized approach may include analgesics, flexible panels and MammoPads®, which provide soft cushions during the procedure

Advanced diagnostic options for further evaluation

  • Experienced, board-certified radiologists who read more than 29,000 diagnostic exams each year
  • Advanced, digital technology for the clearest possible picture
  • The latest in advanced breast biopsy options, such as ultrasound-guided, MRI-guided and stereotactic breast biopsies, as well as intact breast excisional biopsies and accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI)

Diagnosis, treatment and support for men with breast cancer

Less than 1 percent of all breast cancers occur in men—but it can occur—especially if you have a family history of breast cancer. Some signs to watch out for:

  • A lump felt in the breast
  • Nipple pain
  • An inverted nipple
  • Nipple discharge (clear or bloody)
  • Sores on the nipple and areola (the small ring of color around the center of the nipple)
  • Enlarged lymph nodes under the arm

If you notice any persistent changes to your breast tissue, you should contact your doctor. Don't wait! While male breast cancer is rare, it can and does occur—and early detection is still the best course of action.

We recommend monthly breast self-exams

  • Get to know your breasts better by doing regular breast self-exams every month
  • Get detailed instructions on performing a breast self-exam

Additional resources

Feel confident in your breast care. Get your mammograms and breast cancer care from some of the best doctors in Chicago, at NCH. Find one now.

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Last Updated 06/25/2009