Practicing routine screening and self-examination, getting regular check-ups, and recognizing symptoms are all important in detecting cancer early on. Today there are many screenings available for women and men to help detect potential risk. To schedule a screening or diagnostic test, call (630) 527-3200. Note: some tests can only be scheduled and performed if prescribed by physician.
Edward's state-of-the-art mammography technology uses low-dose radiation to screen for breast abnormalities. With digital mammography, mammograms are performed the same way as conventional mammograms, the difference is in how the image is acquired and read. Digital mammography uses less radiation than film and the images have extremely high contrast, so they're very detailed. And because they're on a computer, the images can be altered and magnified, and the radiologist can quickly pull up other images and compare them. The benefits of digital mammography also include faster image acquisition, shorter exam times, easier image storage, and ability to transmit images over a network.
Our mammography services are accredited by the American College of Radiology. Mammograms are interpreted by a board-certified radiologist who is an independent contractor at Edward. Get directions to Edward mammography locations or learn more about mammography in our Health Library.
Clinical breast exam
An exam of the breast by a doctor or other health professional. The doctor will carefully feel the breasts and under the arms for lumps or anything else that seems unusual.
A test that examines the interior lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon) through a thin, flexible viewing instrument called a colonoscope. A colonoscopy helps detect ulcers, polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding.
Digital rectal exam (for women)
A test to examine abnormalities in the female reproductive system. A doctor usually conducts the test during the annual ob/gyn visit.
Digital Rectal Exam and Prostate-specific antigen test (for men)
A test that measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen in the blood, which may indicate prostate cancer.
An exam used to look at a woman's uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder, and rectum. A Pap exam (or Pap smear) is usually included.
What to look for:
- Any change in a mole, including size, shape, color, soreness, or pain
- A bleeding mole
- A discolored area under a fingernail or toenail not caused by injury
- A general darkening of the skin unrelated to sun exposure
A test that detects blood in the stool (a common symptom of intestinal or colon cancer) by examining a small sample of stool on a chemically treated card, pad, or wipe.
How to perform a testicular self-exam (TSE)
TSE is best performed after a bath or shower, when the scrotal muscles are warm and relaxed.
- Stand and place the right leg on an elevated surface. Gently feel the scrotal sac until you locate the right testicle.
- Feel the entire surface and explore the surface for lumps. The skin over the testicle moves freely, making it easy to feel the entire surface of the testicle.
- Repeat the process for the left testicle.