HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital is dedicated to making sure every woman meeting requirements (age, family or personal history, symptoms of breast disease) has a yearly screening or diagnostic mammogram, a test crucial for detecting breast cancer sometimes even before a lump is discovered after a physical examination.
For those who are in need of a diagnostic mammogram, our digital mammography technology is highly reliable to help radiologists and your doctor evaluate symptoms of breast disease including the assessment of a lump, nipple discharge, breast pain, dimpling of the skin on the breast or retraction of the nipple.
Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Scientific evidence confirms that annual screening mammograms, beginning at age 40, reduce death from breast cancer.
To schedule a mammogram or if you have questions about mammograms and your insurance, call 217-774-3961, extension 5171.
Mammogram Quick Tips
- When you have your mammogram at different healthcare facilities, it is important that you request a copy of your films, (if film screen) or a digital image file from the facility you had your last mammogram performed.
- Do not wear deodorant, lotions or perfumes on the day of your mammogram.
- Plan to wear a two piece outfit – you will only need to remove all articles of clothing from the waist up
- Prepare to schedule your mammogram appointment for the week following your period. This will reduce the likelihood of inflammation and breast tenderness