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Prevention and Early Detection

The Rush-Copley Cancer Care Center is dedicated to helping each member of the community reduce his or her cancer risk no matter what age.  Through comprehensive educational and screening programs, we are attacking cancer before it starts.

Cancer Prevention Recommendations

Prevention involves reducing the risk of cancer by elimination or reducing exposure to risk factors.

Tips to cut cancer Risk:

  • Quit using tobacco products
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • See physician for regular checkups
  • Exercise regularly
  • Choose high fiber, whole fruits, vegetables and grains
  • Limit fatty foods
  • Safeguard skin from sun

Cancer Screening Recommendations

Cancer can be detected early by conducting regular screenings. Survival rates of cancers detected early are significantly higher than those caught at a later stage.

Beginning at age 18+

  • Women: Annual pap smears and pelvic exam

Beginning at age 20+

  • Women: monthly breast self-exam, annual clinical breast exam, annual pap smear and pelvic exam, skin exam every 3 years
  • Men: Skin exam every 3 years

Beginning at age 40+

  • Women: monthly breast self-exam, annual clinical breast exam, annual pap smear and pelvic exam, annual skin exam
  • Men: annual skin exam

Beginning at age 50+

  • Women: monthly breast self-exam, annual clinical breast exam, annual pap smear and pelvic exam, annual skin exam, annual fecal occult blood test, colonoscopy every 10 years
  • Men: annual skin exam, annual fecal occult blood test, colonoscopy every 10 years, annual prostate-specific antigen blood test and digital rectal exam.

Note: Those people who are at higher risk for specific cancers, such as a personal or family history or are of a race at high risk, should begin screening at an earlier age and/or undergo screening more often.  Consult your physician for a screening schedule that is right for you.

Schedule Your Mammogram Today!

No physician referral is necessary.  Appointments are available at two convenient locations:

  • Midwest Center for Advanced Imaging
    4355 Montgomery Road, Naperville
    630-236-8300
  • Rush-Copley Healthcare Center
    1100 W. Veterans Parkway, Yorkville
    630-978-6750

Don't Wait – Schedule Your Colonoscopy

Early detection is important in the battle against any disease. Colon cancer and other digestive health issues can be detected early, so don't wait any longer. If you're over 50, schedule your colonoscopy. Fill out the online form or call 630-236-4295 to request an appointment.