The best way to stay healthy is to catch health problems, like cancer, before they become serious. With proper care and regular screenings, you can live longer and healthier.
For women we recommend:
If you have a family history of breast cancer, you may be concerned. That's why we initiated PEARLS—Prevention and Empowerment through Assessment of Risks and Lifetime Surveillance. NCH specialists will analyze your heredity background and personal lifestyle to calculate your personal breast cancer risk and put together the best pro-health plan for you. If you feel you might benefit from this program, schedule a consultation with a Breast Nurse Navigator at 847.618.5880.
For men we recommend:
For a more in-depth list or exams and screenings, click here for your copy of NCH's Take Care of Yourself brochure.
According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths in the United States. Smoking is responsible for approximately 87% of lung cancer deaths and is known to cause cancer of the larynx, mouth, pharynx, esophagus and bladder. It's also linked to the development of leukemia, and cancers in the pancreas, cervix, kidney and stomach. Click here for more facts about the dangers of smoking and information about Courage to Quit® at NCH, a comprehensive tobacco treatment program for adults.
NCH was among the first hospitals in the Chicago area to launch a program to provide low-dose CT lung screenings to high-risk smokers. The NCH program comes in response to a breakthrough national study that found that low-dose CT scans of current and former heavy smokers reduced their risk of death from lung cancer by 20 percent due to earlier detection of the disease. Similar to the national study, NCH patients 50 to 74 who have smoked at least one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years are eligible, as well as ex-smokers who have quit within the last 15 years. This is not a clinical trial and insurance does not currently cover this screening. For more information on these lung screenings, call Juli Aistars at 847.618.6572. To schedule a lung screening, call 847.618.3700.