Our comprehensive breast health program assists women on the emotional and physical journey that accompanies breast cancer screening and diagnosis. To care for the whole person, a multidisciplinary team of primary care physicians, OB/GYNs and radiologists, work together to develop an individualized preventive care plan, including proper screenings, exercise and diet.
Services provided include:
- Encouraging women to complete recommended breast cancer screening in part by providing information to the community about the importance of early cancer detection.
- Addressing women’s concerns and provides compassionate, personalized care if they have an abnormal mammogram/
- Providing healing services such as nutrition, massage therapy, exercise and yoga/
- Helping reduce the time from screening to diagnosis with the use of advance technologies such as 3-D mammography and Automated breast Ultrasound Screening (ABUS) for women with dense breasts.
Screening is Essential
The dedicated staff at Swedish Hospital works year-round to educate patients and the community on the essentials of preventing and detecting breast cancer. Healthy breast care along with the proper frequency and starting age includes:
Start performing monthly starting at age 20; your physician can show you how to do properly do a breast self-exam.
Clinical Breast Exam
Receive yearly from an OB/GYN, primary care physician or other trained medical professional. Receive at least every three years starting at age 20 and annually after age 40.
Receive yearly after age 40. Swedish Hospital offers 3-D mammography. This sophisticated technology takes multiple sweeping images of a woman’s breast, making it easier to see abnormalities and providing a faster, more reliable diagnosis through more detailed images and scan results.
3-D mammography may help lead to:
- Earlier breast cancer detection
- Less anxiety and faster diagnosis
- Fewer false alarms because of unclear images
- More accurate images in young, dense or fatty breasts
- Locating and identifying abnormalities or suspicious lumps that may have been overlooked in the past
Swedish Hospital is affiliated with local and national organizations that work to provide excellent care to cancer patients in the Chicago area. The Breast Health program at SH is generously supported by grants and donations from numerous foundations and individuals. We wish to thank all of our donors, but especially the following:
To learn more about the breast health program, please contact the breast health navigation line at 773-293-5234