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Published on October 14, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness - Screening Schedule

October 14, 2013

Is there a history of breast cancer in your family? If so, you may be at higher risk for getting this type of cancer. You should talk with your doctor if this cancer runs in your family.   

Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their healthcare provider. In addition to speaking with your physician, KishHealth System follows these screening recommendations of the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute.

Breast self-exams (BSE) are an option for women starting in their 20s. Screening recommendations:

  • Annual or bi-annual mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as women are in good health.
  • A clinical breast exam (CBE) should be performed about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women 40 and older.
  • Some women – because of family history, genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened earlier than age 40, or with MRI in addition to mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is small: less than 2% of all the women in the U.S.) Talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have additional tests at an earlier age.

Thanks to screenings, cancer can be detected and treated earlier than ever. Over the last several decades, cancer screenings have dramatically decreased the number of deaths due to cancer. Preventive screenings mean you have a better chance of beating the disease and living a long and healthy life. If you are at high risk for any of these conditions, talk to your doctor about when and how frequently you should be screened.

When choosing the right care for you and your family, you should know that KishHealth System has a state-of-the-art cancer center that partners with Loyola University Medical Center.

Early detection is key. Schedule your annual mammogram (no doctor order needed) at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb (815.748.2975) or Valley West Hospital in Sandwich (815.786.3794).

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