Mammograms &Breast Health

Overview

Preventive Care

The best time to fight breast cancer is before it even begins. At Aurora, we’re using genetic testing, mammograms, breast imaging, and breast MRI to help low and high-risk individuals harness the power of preventive care. Because the best fight against breast cancer is the one that never has a chance to get started.

Our main preventive tool to spot early signs of breast cancer is a mammogram, which is an X-ray of your breasts. Mammography can spot cancer up to 3 years before you’d be able to feel a lump in your breast. That makes it one of the most effective ways you can protect your health and your life.

Personalized Care

If you receive a breast cancer diagnosis, you’re never alone. We make sure you have the answers and support you need by providing you with a personal cancer nurse navigator – a specially trained registered nurse who provides support, coordinates your care, and answers all of your questions and concerns.

Accredited Care

Many of our breast care centers are accredited by the National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers (NAPBC). This means our centers have met or exceeded quality standards established by the NAPBC, an organization committed to the highest measure of care for patients throughout all breast cancer stages.

See how Aurora is leading the fight against breast cancer with genetic testing:

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Symptoms

8 Common Signs of Breast Cancer

Regular mammograms are the most effective way to prevent the signs, symptoms, and onset of breast cancer.

If you’re 40 or older, your doctor may recommend a mammogram every year. If a family member has had breast cancer or you have other breast cancer risk factors, you may need to start having mammograms earlier than age 40, or get them more frequently than once a year.

The most common signs of breast cancer are:

  1. A lump, hard knot or thickening inside your breast or in your armpit
  2. An itchy, scaly sore or rash on your nipple
  3. An inversion or pulling in of your nipple or another part of your breast
  4. Changes in the shape or size of your breast
  5. Dimpling or puckered skin on your breast
  6. Persistent pain in one part of your breast
  7. Sudden nipple discharge
  8. Swelling, warmth, redness or darkened skin on your breast

In addition to getting regular mammograms, it’s also a good idea to check your breasts yourself at least once a month.

What to Expect

What To Expect During a Mammogram

During your diagnostic mammogram, you’ll remove your shirt and bra and stand in front of a large X-ray machine.

A technologist will position one of your breasts between two clear plastic plates, tighten the plates to flatten your breast, and then take X-ray images.

Next, the technician will repeat the process with your other breast.

Flattening your breasts gives your radiologist (the person who reads the X-rays) clearer, more detailed images. It’s normal to feel some pinching and pressure. If you feel severe pain, tell your technologist.

Mammograms usually take about 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll often get your results within a few weeks.

Schedule a Mammogram

If you or a loved one is at high risk for developing breast cancer, schedule a mammogram today.

Screenings

We recommend the following screenings for women at average risk for breast cancer:

Breast self-awareness: We encourage you to develop a general awareness of how your breasts look and feel, and to report any changes to your doctor. Changes could include a new lump or mass, skin dimpling, swelling, redness, or abnormal nipple discharge.

Clinical breast exams: Beginning at age 40, we recommend you get an annual breast exam by a doctor or other qualified health care provider.

Mammography: Aurora recommends women at average risk for breast cancer have a mammogram at least once every two years beginning at age 40. If you’re at high risk for breast cancer (for example, if breast cancer runs in your family), you may need to start having mammograms at an earlier age or get checked more often.

Advanced Screenings

If you have known genetic mutations like BRCA1 and BRCA2, both of which are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, or you have a history of radiation therapy to the chest, talk with your doctor about earlier and more intensive types of screening.

Genetic counseling: If you’re at a higher risk for developing breast cancer, you may want to speak with a genetic counselor about your preventive care options.

Breast imaging: Breast imaging includes mammography, ultrasonography and breast MRI.

Breast biopsy: During a breast biopsy, a radiologist or surgeon samples a portion of the high-risk tissue in your breast so they can further test for cancer.

Breast MRI: MRI can be used if you have a hereditary risk of breast cancer, or if you have dense breasts or scar tissue. Breast imaging is also helpful in determining the extent, size and distribution of newly diagnosed breast cancer.

Locations

Whether it’s time to get your first mammogram or you’re navigating a breast cancer diagnosis, Aurora offers the compassionate, advanced care you need to achieve optimal breast health. And with conveniently located clinics in Milwaukee, Kenosha, Green Bay, and throughout Wisconsin, it’s never been easier to get the cutting-edge care you deserve. 

Accredited Breast Centers

These locations are accredited by the National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers (NAPBC).

 

Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington
252 McHenry St.
Burlington, WI 53105
262-767-6000

Aurora BayCare Medical Center
2845 Greenbrier Rd.
Green Bay, WI 54311
920-288-8000

Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha
10400 75th St.
Kenosha, WI 53142
262-948-7310

 

Aurora Sinai Medical Center
945 N. 12th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53201
414-219-2000

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center
2900 W. Oklahoma Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53201
414-649-6000

 

Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh
855 N. Westhaven Dr.
Oshkosh, WI 54904
920-456-6000

Aurora West Allis Medical Center
8901 W. Lincoln Ave.,
West Allis, WI 53227
414-328-6000

Mammography Locations

These locations offer convenient access to mammography services near you.

 

Aurora St. Luke's South Shore
5900 S. Lake Dr.
Cudahy, WI 53110
414-489-9000

Aurora Health Center
1881 Chicago St.
DePere, WI 54115
920-403-8000

Aurora Lakeland Medical Center
W3985 County Rd. NN
Elkhorn, WI 53121
262-741-2131

Aurora Health Center
210 Wisconsin American Dr.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
920-907-7000

Aurora Health Center
8675 N. Port Washington Rd.
Fox Point, WI 53217
414-352-2011

St. Luke's Franklin Heath Center
9200 W. Loomis Rd.
Franklin WI, 53132
414-529-9300

Aurora Advanced Healthcare
215 W. Washington St.
Grafton, WI 53024
262-236-8787

Aurora Medical Center
975 Port Washington Rd.
Grafton, WI 53024
262-329-4600

Aurora BayCare Health Center
2253 W. Mason St.
Green Bay, WI 54303
920-327-7300

Aurora Medical Group
1565 Allouez Ave.
Green Bay, WI 54311
920-468-2400

Aurora Advanced Healthcare
4848 S. 76th St., Suite 110
Greenfield, WI 53220
262-236-8787

Aurora Advanced Healthcare
6901 W. Edgerton Avenue
Greenfield, WI 53220
414-423-5168

Aurora Advanced Healthcare
1640 E. Sumner St.
Hartford, WI 53027
262-670-4000

 

Aurora Health Center
2700 Crooks Ave.
Kaukauna, WI 54130
920-759-3018

Aurora Medical Center
10400 75th St.
Kenosha, WI 53142
262-948-7310

Aurora Health Center
146 E. Geneva Square
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
262-249-5000

Aurora Manitowoc Clinic
601 Reed Ave.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
920-686-5270

Aurora Health Center
4061 Old Peshtigo Rd.
Marinette, WI 54143
715-732-8000

Aurora Advanced Healthcare
N84 W16889 Menomonee Ave.
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
262-236-8787

Aurora Advanced Healthcare
12203 N. Corporate Pkwy.
Mequon, WI 53092
262-236-8787

Aurora Health Center
6901 W. Edgerton Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53220
414-423-5168

Aurora Health Center
1575 N. RiverCenter Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
414-274-4040

Aurora Advanced Healthcare
3003 W. Good Hope Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53209
262-236-8787

Aurora Health Center
1136 Westowne Dr.
Neenah, WI 54956
920-720-8200

Aurora Health Center
4070 Equestrian Rd.
New Franken, WI 54229
920-866-6100

Aurora Health Center
2600 Kiley Way
Plymouth, WI 53073
920-449-7000

 

Aurora Advanced Healthcare
1475 W. Grand Ave.
Port Washington, WI 53074
262-268-5100

Aurora Health Center
8400 Washington Ave.
Racine, WI 53406
262-321-3000

Aurora Sheboygan Clinic
2414 Kohler Memorial Dr.
Sheboygan, WI 53081
920-457-4461

Aurora Health Center
1910 Alabama St.
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
920-746-7304

Aurora Health Center
2890 Lineville Rd.
Suamico, WI 54313
920- 662-2100

Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic
36500 Aurora Dr.
Summit, WI 53066
262-434-5000

Aurora Health Center
5300 Memorial Dr.
Two Rivers, WI 54241
920-793-7300

Aurora Two Rivers Clinic
2219 Garfield St.
Two Rivers, WI 54241
920-793-2281

Aurora Health Center
W231 N1440 Corporate Ct.
Waukesha, WI 53186
262-896-6000

Aurora Health Center
900 E. Division St.
Wautoma, WI 54982
920-787-6900

Aurora Health Center Mayfair
10400 W. North Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
414-479-7237

Aurora Advanced Healthcare
3289 N. Mayfair Rd.
Wauwatosa, WI 53222
262-236-8787

Aurora Advanced Healthcare
205 Valley Ave.
West Bend, WI 53095
262-338-1123

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