Breast cancer affects an average of one in eight women each year in the United States. It is the second-most-common cause of cancer related deaths in women. However, through early detection your chance for a full recovery is dramatically improved.
SwedishAmerican offers full-field digital mammography services at three convenient locations: The SwedishAmerican Center For Women's Breast Health Center, located on the second floor of the Renaissance Pavilion, 1340 Charles Street in Rockford, SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere, 1625 South State Street in Belvidere and Stateline Clinic, 4282 E. Rockton Road in Rockton.
Compared to other clinics in northern Illinois, our Breast Health Center is unique because we offer women the opportunity to have a digital mammogram and, if necessary, a diagnostic mammogram or ultrasound the same day. Our radiologists are on-site several days a week to read the mammogram or ultrasound so women receive results before they leave the center-bringing great peace of mind to our patients. In one convenient location, we offer a variety of services besides digital mammography and breast ultrasound, including automated whole breast ultrasound for women with dense breasts, stereotactic and ultrasound-guided core biopsies, breast MRI and osteoporosis screenings. We also offer walk-in mammograms-same-day, screening, digital mammograms-- throughout the year, our annual breast cancer education event in October--Planting the Seeds of Hope, as well as Girl's Night Out-refreshments, beauty treatment, varicose vein screening, a massage and a mammogram for you and your girlfriends!
Our Medical Center/Belvidere is pleased to be the only healthcare facility in Boone County to offer full-field digital mammography services. Because our nurse will call you with your results the same day, we offer you peace of mind by not having to wait for results. We also offer walk-in mammograms Monday through Friday. No appointment is needed-just walk in at your convenience between 7:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Full-field digital, screening mammography is also available at our Stateline Clinic, 4282 E. Rockton Road in Rockton. We also offer walk-in mammograms every Monday through Friday. No appointment is needed-just walk in at your convenience between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
What is Digital Mammography?
Digital mammography has become the standard for the early detection of breast cancer. While compression of the breast tissue is still necessary, the quality of the images is far superior to traditional film screen mammography.
In full-field digital mammography, the electronic images are stored directly on a computer. The radiologist is able to immediately review the images on a high-resolution monitor. He can adjust the brightness, change the contrast and zoom in for close-ups of specific areas of interest. There is less exposure to radiation for the patient and no waiting time for film to develop.
Women with Dense Breasts
In addition to the mammogram, the Breast Health Center offers automated whole breast ultrasound screenings for women with heterogeneously dense or extremely dense breast tissue.
Dense breast tissue is common and normal. Having dense breasts does not mean that you have cancer, but it may make cancer harder to find on a mammogram. Dense breast tissue may be one of the many factors associated with an increased risk of developing breast cancer. The most important risk factors for developing breast cancer are being a woman and growing older.
Breast density refers to how much breast tissue a woman has. Density cannot be determined by the size of the breast, by touch during a health care provider's examination, or by your self-exam. Most women have both fat and fibro glandular (working part of the breast) tissue in varying proportions. Mammography, and X-ray exam of the breasts, provides information about the types of tissues that breasts contain. Your density category will be on your mammogram report that is sent to your doctor. The Breast Health Center will also notify you of your density category and advise you if a whole breast ultrasound is recommended.
In Illinois, if a patient has heterogeneously dense or extremely dense breasts, she will quality to have a whole breast ultrasound screening and her insurance is required to pay for the screening.
Women With Breast Cancer
For those women who have breast cancer, the center offers a team approach to treatment where physicians, nurses and other specialized staff discuss available options.
Our patients also benefit from the availability of a nurse navigator. Part educator, part personal assistant and part friend, nurse navigators provide a unique level of care to patients and their families. They sit in on patient consultations, expedite appointments and tests, help resolve insurance issues and let patients know what programs are available to them.
Schedule Your Mammogram
To schedule an appointment at the Breast Health Center in Rockford, or Belvidere Medical Center, please call (779) 696-7676. To schedule an appointment at Stateline Clinic in Rockton, please call (779) 696-9000.
For More Information
You can obtain the most current educational literature on breast health at the SwedishAmerican Center For Women's Breast Health Center. Our professional staff would be glad to assist you with any information you might need or guide you to free support groups in the region. Simply call (779) 696-7676 or stop by the center on the second floor of the Renaissance Pavilion at 1340 Charles Street.