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breast cancer

Early Detection Is Your Best Protection

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in this country this year and nearly 40,000 women will die of the disease in 2011.

Statistics also show that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and more than 70% of those diagnosed will have no family history of breast cancer.

"Although the risk of breast cancer is higher with a family history, most breast cancers found have no prior family history of the disease," said Daniel Kim, MD, chairman of the department of radiology at Advocate Condell Medical Center. "The earlier that cancers are detected, the better are the chances for improved treatment results."

Early detection of breast cancer includes:

  • Yearly mammograms beginning at age 40, earlier if you have a family history of the disease. As you begin to have mammograms, it is important to have your previous mammography images available for comparison to your current exam.
  • Consult your physician about planning your personal schedule for mammograms and yearly physical examinations.
  • Perform breast self-exams monthly. For instructions, ask your doctor or visit
  • See your physician right away if you notice any unusual changes, abnormalities or lumps in your breast, even if you've had a normal mammogram.

"Despite recent studies that have questioned mammography's lifesaving role, the American Cancer Society and the American College of Radiology support screening mammography in finding breast cancers at an earlier age," stated Dr. Kim. "Mammography is the best imaging tool available today to detect breast cancer early and ultimately, early detection of the disease will allow for more treatment options."

Make an appointment today for your routine mammogram by calling 847.990.6000. It could save your life.

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