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Wellness and Prevention

We’re Here at the Breast Center to Help You Take Care of Your Breast Health

Mammograms are the key to early detection

  • We recommend that women get an annual screening mammogram starting at age 40
  • Three convenient locations, in Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove and at the hospital in Arlington Heights
  • With Results by Request® at all locations, you can receive your results at the time of your mammogram or have them mailed to you the next day
  • Receive the best possible comfort level during your mammogram, even for full-figured women
  • Confidential and discreet breast cancer diagnostic services for men, too
  • For a mammogram appointment, call Outpatient Scheduling at 847.618.3700

Between mammograms, perform monthly breast self-exams

Every month, get to know your breasts better by doing regular breast self-examinations. This will help you tell the difference between how your breasts normally look and feel versus any changes. If you find a lump or other change in one of your breasts, check out the other breast. If both breasts feel the same, the lumpiness is probably normal. If you see or feel any of these changes, see your doctor right away:

  • A hard lump or knot in or near the breast, or in your underarm
  • A change in the way your breasts look or feel, such as:
  • Dimpling, puckering or ridges of the skin on the breast
  • A nipple that is pushed inward rather than sticking out
  • Redness, warmth, swelling or pain
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk
  • Change in color, shape, size or texture of a breast

Program for women at high risk for breast cancer—PEARLS

You may be interested in our PEARLS program for high-risk women—Prevention and Empowerment through Assessment of Risks and Lifetime Surveillance. With PEARLS, NCH specialists will review your family health history, your lifestyle, eating habits and other factors known to have an impact on your breast cancer risks. Next, we'll carefully evaluate your chances of developing breast cancer in the next five years using our POINTONE® Clinical System. That information will be used to develop a plan tailored to your specific needs and risk level. Your plan might include:

  • Healthy eating tips
  • Suggested exercise regimen
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Recommendations for further genetic testing

If you feel you would benefit from this program, call 847.618.5880 to determine your risk. We will help you develop an approved risk assessment and pro-health action plan. To view a sample of a report, click here.

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