Your Guide to Mammograms

Breast cancer accounts for 12.5% of all new annual cancer cases worldwide, making it the most common cancer in the world. For detecting breast cancer at its earliest stages, mammograms are vital as they increase the chances of successful treatment. What is a mammogram? A mammogram is a specialized X-ray imaging procedure used for the screening … Continued

Is Genetic Testing Right For You?

Did you know that between 5% and 10% of breast cancer cases are linked to inherited genetic mutations? While your genetic makeup isn’t visible, understanding your genetic profile can help personalize your screening and improve your chances of preventing breast cancer. What do genetic tests do? These tests identify specific genetic changes, referred to as … Continued

Knowing the Risks for Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, reminding us to become more familiar with the risk factors for breast cancer and the importance of early detection and prevention. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States accounting for 30% of all new female cancer cases each year. There are certain … Continued

Navigating Challenges after Breast Cancer Treatment

Surviving breast cancer comes with its own set of challenges. You’ve finished your treatment and may be feeling overwhelmed and concerned about what comes next. It’s important to know that this is normal, that you are not alone and your medical team will be there to support you in addressing your needs and answering your … Continued

Breast Cancer Screenings Save Lives

According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. The good news is finding breast cancer during its earliest stages provides more women with the opportunity to live a full and healthy life. When breast cancer is detected early, there are more localized treatment options … Continued

Beth’s Story: “The unknown is scarier than knowing.”

As the saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. That was Beth Taylor’s reasoning when she decided to take the High Risk Breast Evaluation at NorthShore University HealthSystem. “I went for my annual mammogram at Evanston Hospital and a nursing assistant asked if I would like to take the test,” she says. “Given … Continued

Four Ways Breast Cancer Nurse Navigators Benefit Patients

Getting a breast cancer diagnosis is overwhelming. Patients often have questions about their diagnosis, what it means and when they should schedule appointments to get going with treatment. There is a lot of uncertainty and wondering, what is next? That is where breast cancer nurse navigators step in. Patients are typically introduced to us after … Continued

11 Myths About Breast Cancer

There are a lot of facts about breast cancer. For example, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of myths and misconceptions about the disease. Here we provide the truth behind some of the most misunderstood aspects of breast cancer.

How is Breast Cancer in Young Women Different?

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in females worldwide. However, it’s uncommon in women younger than age 40. This group makes up only about five percent of breast cancer cases. The bad news is that when younger women do get breast cancer it tends to … Continued

Laura’s Story: “I felt well cared for throughout the journey.”

Laura Troche, 47, is proactive about her health. She watches her nutrition, gets regular exercise and sees her doctor for routine exams and preventive care. But during the spring of 2020, she noticed a strange pain under her armpits and a bump near her breast area. Her family doctor recommended a mammogram followed by a … Continued