Breast Health Center


American Cancer Society (ACS) Recommendations

20–39 years of age:

  • Monthly breast self-exam
  • Clinical breast exam performed by a health expert every three years
  • Initial mammogram by age 40

40 years and older:

  • Annual mammogram
  • Annual clinical breast exam performed by a health expert

Before initiating breast self-exam, the ACS recommends that you have a nurse or doctor check your method to assure effectiveness. Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare provides a free class teaching breast self-exam called MammaCare®, which trains to you detect a potential abnormality earlier than you thought possible. Find the date of the next class by clicking here. Register by calling CareMatch at (331) 221-2273.

Report changes found during breast self-exam to your doctor, as well as any of the following symptoms:

  • A lump or thickening of tissue anywhere in the breast
  • Skin dimpling or puckering of the breast
  • Breast pain
  • A nipple that is pushed in (inverted) and hasn’t always been that way
  • Discharge from the breast that comes out by itself and is clear or bloody, staining your clothes or sheets
  • Redness, scaliness or thickening of the nipple

Online Resources

Breast Education Series

American Cancer Society

Wellness House

Susan G. Komen

Illinois Department of Public Health
Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program

The Reiki Share Project

Look Good Feel Better

In-Person Resources

Visit the Soukup Herter Resource Center & Library at the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Main Campus, or our Health Education Resource Center within the Elmhurst Memorial Addison and Lombard Health Centers. A registered nurse is available by appointment to answer your questions and help you determine the best resources for your needs.

Click here for location addresses and hours.

Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Network

This site is part of the Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare network of Web sites, which covers a variety of topics using the same philosophy: When it comes to medical care, we know that you have a lot of options. And we want you to know that you're more than a patient to us. You're an individual. We would appreciate the opportunity to provide you with state-of-the-art medical care and down-to-earth, personalized attention.

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