The Breast Health Center at Vista Health System is dedicated to helping patients throughout all phases of screening, diagnosis, treatment and cure of breast cancer. We offer advanced breast imaging at several locations in Lake County, all in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Our digital technology yields accurate, reliable results. The physician and staff commitment to our patients makes the difference.
Breast cancer happens when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control and can then invade nearby tissues or spread throughout the body. Large collections of this out of control tissue are called tumors. However, some tumors are not really cancerous because they cannot spread or threaten someone's life. These are called benign tumors.
The tumors that can spread throughout the body or invade nearby tissues are considered cancer and are called malignant tumors. Theoretically, any of the types of tissue in the breast can form a cancer, but usually it comes from either the ducts or the glands. Because it may take months to years for a tumor to get large enough to feel in the breast, we screen for tumors with mammograms, which can sometimes see disease before we can feel it.
Early detection is the best and most effective tool in the battle against breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than two million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Understanding your risk factors and making wise lifestyle choices is the first step. Regular check-ups and screenings are important, too – the earlier breast cancer is found, the better your chances for successful treatment and recovery. Mammograms play a key role in monitoring your breast health and detecting any changes that warrant further examination.
For more information, please call:
Vista Medical Center East
1324 N. Sheridan Road
Waukegan, IL 60085