Think Pink! Walk in at RCH for your screening mammogram on any Thursday between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary and you do not need a doctor’s order to have a screening. For more information, please call our Radiology Department at 815-562-2181, ext. 1350. If you are uninsured, ask about Well Woman services. Evening appointments are also available.
Any patient completing a mammogram during the month of October will receive a “Nobody Fights Alone” t-shirt.
Rochelle Community Hospital has been offering 3D mammography to its patients for five years. Together, our technologists have a combined total of more than 45 years of mammography experience and one technologist is also bilingual. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a lot of women use this as a reminder for their yearly visit. RCH also sends a letter to remind its patients when their mammogram is due.
What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk of Breast Cancer?
Many factors over the course of a lifetime can influence your breast cancer risk. You can’t change some factors, such as getting older or your family history, but you can help lower your risk of breast cancer by taking care of your health in the following ways:
- Keep a healthy weight.
- Exercise regularly.
- Don’t drink alcohol, or limit alcoholic drinks to no more than one per day.
- If you are taking, or have been told to take, hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptives, ask your doctor about the risks and find out if it is right for you.
- Breastfeed your children, if possible.
- If you have a family history of breast cancer or inherited changes in your BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, talk to your doctor about other ways to lower your risk.
Staying healthy throughout your life will lower your risk of developing cancer, and improve your chances of surviving cancer if it occurs.
Men are not exempt from breast cancer. If you have any concerns about discovery of a lump or any changes in your breasts, consult your physician sooner than later.