Little Company of Mary Open’s a Women’s Center During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2011, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in women and 2,140 cases among men. Breast Cancer is one of the top five leading causes of death for women 40 years or older. Little Company of Mary Hospital is committed to improving women’s health in Chicago’s Southwest community through a new women’s center. 

With the area’s first Women’s Center, The Comprehensive Women’s Center for Life and Health offers specialty services in beautiful surroundings, geared towards a holistic approach in women’s health in one convenient location. The Women’s Center provides women’s health care needs from routine wellness exams and screenings to advanced diagnostic facilities for even the most critical health conditions. By building the Women’s Center for Life and Health, Little Company of Mary will profoundly advance the ability to provide the kind of specialty care that women and their families deserve. 

The Comprehensive Nationally Accredited Breast Health Center is a part of The Women’s Center for Life and Health in the new West Pavilion at Little Company of Mary Hospital. Accreditation by the NAPBC (National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers) is only given to a select few centers across the country that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. Little Company of Mary’s Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center provides the latest digital technology and treatment approaches from an expert, caring medical team led by renowned fellowship-trained female breast surgeon, Dr. Nancy Taft.

Breast cancer typically doesn’t produce any symptoms when the tumor is small and most treatable, however in its more aggressive state, symptoms can appear and may include:

n      New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).

n      Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.

n      Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.

n      Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.

n      Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.

n      Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.

n      Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.

n      Pain in any area of the breast. 

“Early detection can be life saving and is recommended for women ages 20-39. Clinical breast examinations are recommended at least every three years and routine breast exams performed at home are encouraged. Women over the age of 40 should have annual mammograms, annual clinical breast examinations and perform routine breast exams at home,” says Dr. Taft. If breast cancer is found, treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and or targeted therapy.           

Breast cancer is not preventable, however doctors recommend avoiding weight gain, engaging in physical activity and minimizing alcohol consumption to help lower the risk of breast cancer. Today mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before the cancer can be felt. When breast cancer is found early, many women go on to live long and healthy lives. 

Come and enjoy on October 14th for family activities, giveaways, and treats and tour the new West Pavilion replacement tower. The West Pavilion will also offer 123 private patient rooms, all with private baths and day beds for visitors, a calming rooftop garden, full-service kitchen and a spacious dining area. Register online at www.lcmopenhouse.org 

For more information on Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center or Dr. Nancy Taft, please visit www.myhealthmyjourney.com or call 708.229.4050. To schedule a mammogram call 708.499.8550.

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