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.

Same-Day Care

Being able to schedule your mammogram and get results all in the same day make it easy to take control of your breast health. That’s why we’re now offering same-day screening mammograms and same-day results at select locations.

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

All of our mammography locations are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), so they’ve gone through a rigorous testing review process to ensure adherence to nationally accepted standards. What’s more, 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.

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.

Same-Day Mammography Locations

When you get a mammogram, you want answers now. At select locations you can schedule your screening mammogram and get results all in the same day, giving you peace of mind or getting you on the path to life-saving treatment.

How it works: Call 414-747-7474 to confirm eligibility and schedule your appointment. For appointments scheduled before 2 p.m., mammogram results will be available the same day after 7 p.m. via your patient portal account.


Aurora Health Center
16985 W. Bluemound Rd.
Brookfield, WI 53005

Aurora Health Center Southern Lakes
709 Spring Valley Rd.
Burlington, WI 53105

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

Aurora Health Center
9200 W. Loomis Rd.
Franklin, WI 53132

Aurora Health Center
4202 W. Oakwood Park Ct.
Franklin, WI 53132

Aurora Health Center
215 W. Washington St.
Grafton, WI 53024

Aurora Health Center
1640 E. Sumner St.
Hartford, WI 53027

Aurora Health Center
N84 W16889 Menomonee Ave.
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Aurora Health Center
12203 N. Corporate Pkwy.
Mequon, WI 53092

Aurora Sinai Medical Center
945 N. 12th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Aurora Health Center-Good Hope Rd.
3003 W. Good Hope Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53209

Aurora Health Center
1575 N. River Center Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Aurora Health Center
14555 W. National Ave.
New Berlin, WI 53151

Aurora Health Center
W231 N1440 Corporate Ct.
Waukesha, WI 53186

Aurora Health Center
3289 N. Mayfair Rd.
Wauwatosa, WI 53222

Aurora Health Center
205 Valley Ave.
West Bend, WI 53095

Mammography Locations

These locations offer convenient access to mammography services near you and are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Call 414-747-7474 to schedule at any location.


Aurora Health Center
16985 W. Bluemound Rd.
Brookfield, WI 53005

Aurora Health Center Southern Lakes
709 Spring Valley Rd.
Burlington, WI 53105

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

Aurora Health Center
1881 Chicago St.
DePere, WI 54115

Aurora Health Center
210 Wisconsin American Dr.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935

Aurora Health Center
9200 W. Loomis Rd.
Franklin WI, 53132

Aurora Health Center
4202 W. Oakwood Park Ct.
Franklin, WI 53132

Aurora Health Center
215 W. Washington St.
Grafton, WI 53024

Aurora Medical Center
975 Port Washington Rd.
Grafton, WI 53024

Aurora BayCare Medical Center
2845 Greenbrier Rd.
Green Bay, WI 54311

Aurora Health Center – 84South
9000 W. Sura Ln.
Greenfield, WI 53228

Aurora Health Center
1640 E. Sumner St.
Hartford, WI 53027

Aurora Health Center
2700 Crooks Ave.
Kaukauna, WI 54130

Aurora Medical Center
10400 75th St.
Kenosha, WI 53142

Aurora Health Center
N84 W16889 Menomonee Ave.
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Aurora Health Center
12203 N. Corporate Pkwy.
Mequon, WI 53092

Aurora Sinai Medical Center
945 N. 12th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53201

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

Aurora Health Center
1575 N. River Center Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Aurora Health Center
3003 W. Good Hope Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53209

Aurora Health Center
1136 Westowne Dr.
Neenah, WI 54956

Aurora Health Center
14555 W. National Ave.
New Berlin, WI 53151

Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh
855 N. Westhaven Dr.
Oshkosh, WI 54904

Aurora Health Center
2600 Kiley Way
Plymouth, WI 53073

Aurora Health Center
8400 Washington Ave.
Racine, WI 53406

Aurora Sheboygan Clinic
2414 Kohler Memorial Dr.
Sheboygan, WI 53081

Aurora Health Center
2000 E. Layton Ave.
St Francis, WI 53235

Aurora Health Center
1910 Alabama St.
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic
36500 Aurora Dr.
Summit, WI 53066

Aurora Health Center
5300 Memorial Dr.
Two Rivers, WI 54241

Aurora Health Center
W231 N1440 Corporate Ct.
Waukesha, WI 53186

Aurora Health Center
900 E. Division St.
Wautoma, WI 54982

Aurora Health Center
3289 N. Mayfair Rd.
Wauwatosa, WI 53222

Aurora West Allis Medical Center
8901 W. Lincoln Ave.
West Allis, WI 53227

Aurora Health Center
205 Valley Ave.
West Bend, WI 53095

Accredited Breast Centers

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


Aurora Health Center Southern Lakes
709 Spring Valley Rd.
Burlington, WI 53105
262-767-6440

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

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

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