The Truth About Breast Cancer

  • 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • 8 out of 9 women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history.
  • With early detection, the five-year survival rate is almost 100 percent.
  • Mammography is the most effective method of screening for breast cancer and can lead to early detection, which is the key to higher survival rates, better prognosis, and lower treatment costs.

How It Works

The GeniusTM 3D MammographyTM exam allows doctors to examine your breast tissue layer by layer.  So, instead of viewing all of the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with conventional 2D mammography, fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below.

More than 200 clinical studies have shown that by using this technology, doctors are able to screen for breast cancer with much greater accuracy, regardless of a woman’s age or breast density.

Early Detection Saves Lives

Regional Health Services of Howard County in Cresco believes that the best protection is early detection, and that is why we have invested in the latest technology with GeniusTM 3D Mammography.  It finds 20-65% more invasive breast cancers than 2D mammography alone.  Genius exams have also been proven to reduce unnecessary callbacks by up to 40 percent.

We also continue to use the MammoPad® breast cushion for a softer, warmer exam.  The GeniusTM 3D Mammography exam provides better, earlier breast cancer detection.


The American Cancer Society recommends that women over the age of 40 have a yearly mammogram. If you are under age 40, talk to your health care provider about whether you should have a mammogram.

For more information on mammography at Regional Health Services of Howard County, please contact your health care provider or the Radiology Department at 563-547-6374.

RHSHC Mammography Team



Marlys Berst

Tina Thorne

Debbie Downing

Trish Hartman