Screening and diagnostic services are the essential first step in the continuum of quality cancer care. That's why we place great importance on these services at Swedish Covenant Hospital, offering the latest technology and programs designed to reach as many individuals in our community as possible.
According to the American Cancer Society's Recommended Cancer Screening Guidelines, you should follow the appropriate screenings for your age group.
Ask your doctor about getting one of the below screenings or exams. Call 773-878-6888 to find a doctor at Swedish Covenant Hospital or visit our online physician directory>>
According to the American Cancer Society, your mammogram should happen every year for women 40 and over. If you've never had a mammogram, they are the best way to check for breast cancer, even before a lump can be felt. And if caught early enough, breast cancer can be cured.
3-D imaging benefits younger women and those with dense breasts by identifying abnormalities which may have been obscured in the past. Swedish Covenant Hospital is one of the only hospitals in Chicago equipped with 3-D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis. This innovative technology provides higher quality, more detailed images and scan results, which means more accurate diagnoses for our patients.
In 2-D mammograms, a camera positioned near the top of the X-ray machine takes a still image of the breast from above. This delivers a picture of the flattened breast which radiologists then examine for problem areas, such as masses or nodules. However, the static images can make it difficult for physicians to see abnormalities in dense breast tissue.
3-D mammograms, on the other hand, take multiple sweeping images across the breast. This allows physicians and technicians to access both pictures of the individual “slices” of a woman’s breast, as well as a composite of the images. By “rolling through” the multiple images, radiologists are able to essentially look under and behind dense breast tissue to find any areas of concern.
Mammograms can be scheduled at Swedish Covenant Hospital within one week. Even if you've had a mammogram before, make sure you're up to date. If your primary care physician is not affiliated with Swedish Covenant Hospital, you can still schedule your mammogram with us. Your results will be faxed to your physician.
To schedule your mammogram, please call 773-878-6888
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In addition, you should conduct monthly breast self-exams from age 18-39, with a clinical breast exam every three years. Once 40 and over, you should continue with monthly breast self-exams as well as a yearly clinical breast exam.
The best way to stop colon cancer before it starts is by removing polyps that can grow in the lining of the colon and rectum. These growths typically do not produce symptoms, which is why early and regular testing is crucial to preventing this second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.
Screening Is Essential
According to the American Cancer Society, everyone 50 and over needs regular colon exams. Even if you've had a colon exam before, time flies-so make sure you're up to date. Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. But if it's caught early enough, it has a 90% cure rate.
Colon health exams usually include one of the following:
• Stool Blood Test: This very simple method tests a sample of the patient's stool for traces of blood that can't ordinarily be seen. Blood in the stool doesn't always mean cancer, but it does suggest more tests be given. This test is recommended once a year.
• Flexible sigmoidoscopy: Using a flexible scope, the physician can see directly inside a portion of the colon. This procedure should be done ever five years along with a stool blood test.
• Barium enema: Combining barium and air enables the physician to spot contrasts in the lining of the colon. Abnormal areas may indicate cancer. This procedure is recommended once every five years.
• Colonoscopy: Similar to a flexible sigmoidoscopy, this procedure uses a scope to view the entire colon and remove polyps. This test should occur once every 10 years.
Colorectal cancer is usually curable when detected early. In fact, more than 90% of patients with localized colorectal cancer confined to the colon and rectum live for at least five years after the diagnosis.
Swedish Covenant Hospital is fully committed to treating prostate cancer and sponsors free screenings and lectures to prevent and detect this second most common form of cancer in men and the third leading cause of cancer deaths (according to Altruis Biomedical Network).
Following a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer-prevention incorporates basic healthy habits: eating fruits and vegetables, exercising, reducing alcohol intake and not smoking.
Preventing prostate cancer also emphasizes restricting daily caloric intake with consideration to activity level and body mass. Early identification remains the best way to combat prostate cancer.
Screening Is Essential
The American Cancer Society recommends that annual prostate cancer screenings begin at age 50. This should include:
• Digital rectal exam (DRE)
• Prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test
Men in high risk groups, such as African American men or men who have a close family history of prostate cancer, should begin screenings at age 45. It is also recommended that men age 45 have a baseline PSA.
Swedish Covenant Hospital frequently sponsors free prostate cancer screenings and lectures, particularly during September, Prostate Awareness Month. The urologists on staff donate their time to perform these screenings, discuss results and give prostate-prevention lectures.
Please refer to Events and Classes
for any upcoming screenings we have available.
Pap Test And Pelvic Exam
Women ages 21 and older should have a cervical cancer screening.
Men and women between 18 and 39 years old should get a skin exam at the time of check-up (at least once every three years) and once a year after age 40.
to schedule an appointment with the Swedish Skin Institute>>
Men over 18 years old should perform a testicular self-exam monthly.
Our goal is to achieve a cancer-free community for the neighborhoods served by Swedish Covenant Hospital. To support this goal, we regularly offer convenient public health screenings—either free or at a reduced rate—for various types of cancer, including breast, prostate, colorectal, uterine, skin and lung. Lectures often accompany these screenings, to provide the community with the education and support necessary to aid prevention.
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If a biopsy is deemed necessary, patients at Swedish Covenant Hospital will receive the least invasive, most rapid test possible. We offer:
- Sentinel node biopsy, which can quickly determine the stage of cancer by identifying the first node affected.
- Ultrasound-guided biopsy, a minimally invasive technique for obtaining tissue for examination.
- Stereotactic biopsy, which uses mammography to guide the radiologist to the suspicious site within the breast so tissue extraction can be minimal and precise.
- Bone marrow aspiration, in which bone marrow is removed and analyzed to diagnose cancer or determine if it has metastasized.
- Transvaginal ultrasound, a method of imaging the genital tract and pelvic structure to determine the presence of abnormalities that could indicate cancer. The test uses an ultrasound machine that emits high-frequency sound waves to create a superior image compared to traditional procedures.