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Genesis Health Center Silvis Opens Center for Breast Health

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Christine M. Walsh, MD, is one of nine physicians on staff at the newly remodeled Genesis Health System Center for Breast Health (CBH), Silvis. CBH utilizes state-of-the-art imaging equipment and techniques to detect early signs of breast cancer in women with no complaints or symptoms. These breast images are the best way for physicians to detect and treat breast cancer in its earliest stages

Women in the Quad Cities now have access to new technology and genetic testing to detect breast cancer early. Genesis Health System has completed remodeling its new Center for Breast Health in Silvis.

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The newly remodeled Genesis Health System Center for Breast Health, Silvis, features a large comfortable waiting room for patients.

The center's surgeon, Dr. Angela Stork, says the new equipment includes 3D mammography machines to help with early detection and treatment. Dr. Stork says breast cancer statistics are increasing and the ages of patients are lowering. But, contrary to belief, this means that new technologies in the field of breast health is making it possible to detect subtle signs of cancers, and patients are coming in sooner to be checked.

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Angela K. Stork, MD

Upon turning 40, Nicole Olinger went to the Breast Health Center in Silvis for her first mammogram, as ordered by her doctor. She shared that she has lost friends due to breast cancer, and felt responsible to attend her timely screening. Following her first mammogram and a biopsy, the tests revealed a ductal carcinoma in situ; a bundle of cells in the milk duct. This is an early form of breast cancer. She was treated, and decided to have a double mastectomy. Nicole is now a breast cancer survivor.
Olinger wants women to pay attention to their breast health. Nicole encourages women to perform regular self-examinations on their breasts, and to get mammogram's starting from age 40.

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Breast Cancer Survivor, Nicole Olinger

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Susanna Kemerling is WVIK Quad Cities NPR's 2022 Fellowship Host/Reporter. She graduated from Northern Illinois University for Media Studies in Communication and spent the last year working as a Teaching Assistant through the graduate program at NIU.