Kick It Cancer

February is National Cancer Prevention Month

Did you know that 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime? Steps you take today can save your life. The Center and our Kick It Cancer initiative has gathered resources for you to schedule a screening with local healthcare providers, including several free or low-cost options, learn more about the power of cancer prevention, and sign our screening pledge. Click on the blue links below to visit recommended websites.  

Why should I get screened?

Where can I get screened near me?

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City of Chicago

  • Amani-Trinity United Church of Christ 

    • Free or reduced-cost mammograms, support groups for survivors and families, and educational workshops. Located at 400 W 95th St, Chicago, IL 60628

Lake County

  • YWCA of Lake County 

    • Free or reduced-cost mammography screenings, support groups for survivors/families, educational workshops, and transportation services. Located at 1425 Tristate Parkway, Gurnee, IL 60031

Northwest Indiana

  • Northshore University Health Systems Highland Park Hospitals 

    • Accessible mammography for those with physical limitations. Located at 777 Park Ave West, Highland, IN 60035 

  • Regional Health Systems Health Clinic 

    • Primary care, women’s care (OB/GYN, gynecological exams, and annual physicals), men’s care (prostate exams, screenings, physical exams, and more). Financial assistance is available. 

    • Locations:

      • 559 State St, Hammond, IN 46320

      • 2250 173rd St, Hammond, IN 46320

      • 4022 Hohman Ave, Hammond, IN 46320

      • 8555 Taft St, Merriville, IN 46410

South Suburban Chicagoland

  • Access Community Health Network 

    • Primary and preventative care, women's health, low-cost family planning, management of chronic diseases, a discount prescription drug program, and transportation assistance. Both locations accept Medicaid and Medicare. Spanish-speaking services are available.

    • Locations:

      • 13000 Maple Avenue, Blue Island, IL​

      • 152 W Lincoln Highway, Chicago Heights, IL​​

  • Affiliated Oncologists

    • Cancer imaging tests and scans, including Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computed Tomography (CT) to combination PET/CT scans, and more.

    • Locations: ​

      • 10604 Southwest Highway Suite 200, Chicago Ridge, 60415

      • Southland Oncology: 19060 S. Everette Blvd, Mokena, IL 60448

  • Aunt Martha’s Health Center 

    • Free or reduced-cost mammography screenings and transportation. Located at 233 W Joe Orr Rd, Chicago Heights, IL 60411

  • Aunt Martha’s South Holland

    • ​Primary care, preventative care (cancer screenings, prostate for sure) & women’s health (OB/GYN). Located at 52 W. 62nd St, South Holland, IL 60473

  • Christian Community Health Center 

    • Primary care and women’s health including breast cancer screenings, pap smears, and social support services as needed. Financial assistance is available.

    • Locations:

      • 901 E. Sibley Blvd, South Holland, IL 60473

      • 364 Torrence Ave, Calumet City, IL 60409

  • Cook County Health (Affiliates) 

    • Preventative care, primary care services, women's health services, genetic screening, and cancer screenings (including bladder, breast, colon, kidney, lung, ovarian, prostate, stomach, and more). Transportation services are available.

    • Locations:

  • Family Christian and Health Center 

    • Primary care services (including a smoke cessation counseling service for lung cancer) and women's care in Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN), annual exams, cancer screenings, fibroid and ovarian cyst treatment, preventative services, and more. Accepts Illinois Medicaid.

    • Locations:

      • 31 W. 155th St, Harvey, IL 60426

      • 713 E. 142nd St, Dolton, IL 60419

      • 19767 Torrence Ave, Lynwood, IL 60411​​​

  • UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial

    • Accessible mammography centers for those with physical limitations. Located at 1 Ingalls Drive, Harvey, IL 60426

 

Online Resources

  • Equal Hope

    • A free breast health program that services breast, cervical, and other women's cancers. Here you can input your information and a program navigator will assist you with a screening. Spanish-speaking services available. 

What is Kick It Cancer?

A new initiative at The Cancer Support Center, Kick It Cancer's mission is to make a direct connection with community leaders and residents to provide access to care and ongoing support to anyone with cancer and to promote early detection and prevention. 

Recent statistics from the University of Chicago Medicine - Ingalls Hospital showed cancer as the leading cause of death in the communities of Burnham, Hazel Crest, Posen, and Riverdale with breast and prostate cancer being most prevalent. The Cancer Support Center created this program to directly address healthcare disparities and barriers to care faced by the residents of these communities. Kick It Cancer provides increased access to resources, support, and community-led initiatives to these underserved areas.  

We do this by entrenching ourselves within these communities and partnering with area leaders and organizations through outreach and community engagement. We promote prevention, education, and screening access. Anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis will be offered individualized case management and supportive services at The Cancer Support Center. This ensures participants are able to overcome barriers to proper care. Through an increased number of screenings, promotion of prevention strategies, and offering critical support services to anyone diagnosed with cancer, we can reduce mortality rates. We hope to extend this approach to many more impacted communities in Chicago's south suburbs & beyond!