The Breast Health Program at Swedish Covenant Hospital is a comprehensive program that focuses on all aspects of breast health, from screening to diagnosis. The program's uniqueness derives from taking care of the whole person, not just the illness. The multidisciplinary team at Swedish Covenant Hospital, including primary care physicians and OB/GYNs, works together to consider the interactions of all activities—including exercise and diet, screenings and prevention. To make a mammography appointment, please call 773-878-6888
. Unlike other leading hospitals where appointments can take months, we adjust our schedules to allow patients to be seen within seven days. 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.
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Breast Health Program Donors
Swedish Covenant Hospital's Cancer Center is affiliated with both local and national organizations that work to provide excellent care to cancer patients in the Chicago area. The Breast Health program at SCH is generously supported by grants and donations from numerous foundations and individuals. We wish to thank all of our donors, but especially the following: Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation
Swedish Covenant Hospital Associates Board
A Silver Lining Foundation National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
Susan G. Komen For The Cure Colon Cancer
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
Below are the four ways to be screened for colorectal cancer and recommendations for when and how often the tests should be performed. Keep in mind that regular testing should begin at age 50.
• 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. Prostate Cancer
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.