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patient responsibilities

Prevention...

  • Perform a monthly self-breast exam.
  • Get a screening mammogram, as recommended.
  • Have a regular clinical breast exam performed by your health care provider.
  • Live a healthy lifestyle-including a balanced diet, exercise, and stress reduction. 

Your health care...

  • Make timely appointments.
  • Get a copy of your results.
  • Get a diagnosis and second opinion.
  • Ask questions.
  • Locate the best doctor for the care you need.
  • Make informed treatment choices.
  • Find positive ways to cope with the side effects of treatment.
  • Be a partner in your own care.
  • Live life as a breast cancer survivor. 

Record Keeping/Informational...

  • How and where to get the information you need.
  • Keep accurate records (dates, locations of previous mammograms, ultrasounds, and biopsies.)
  • Know your insurance information and coverage (yearly mammograms, second opinions, comparison studies, etc.)
  • Make sure the mammography facility you chose is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All of Advocate's sites are accredited.
  • Obtain copies of all previous mammograms and results, if done at different facilities, for comparison purposes.
  • Bring films and results to your mammogram appointment. 

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