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Cancer

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States. But survival rates are improving for many types of cancer, thanks to improvements in cancer screening and cancer treatment.

Classes & Events

Cancer Support Group

Support Groups

Fairmont, MN
01/24/2017
6:30 p.m.

Cancer Support Group

Support Groups

Mankato, MN
02/08/2017
5 -6:30 p.m.
Eau Claire, WI
02/13/2017
3-5 p.m.
Eau Claire, WI
02/21/2017
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Eau Claire, WI
03/14/2017
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Eau Claire, WI
04/11/2017
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Eau Claire, WI
05/09/2017
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Eau Claire, WI
08/08/2017
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Eau Claire, WI
09/12/2017
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Eau Claire, WI
10/10/2017
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Eau Claire, WI
11/14/2017
5:30-6:30 p.m.

In The News

Cancer patient receives one-of-a-kind gift from caregivers

Steve Hofstede of Rice Lake received a bejeweled chemotherapy infusion pump bag.

July 7, 2015
Mayo Clinic Health System Opens Hematology Oncology Office in Folkston, Georgia

Hematology and oncology services are now available in Folkston, Georgia, through Mayo Clinic Health System with the recent opening of a new office at 396 Kingsland Rd. Hematologists and medical onc...

January 16, 2015
Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross Expands Cancer Services

A newer, stronger Mayo Clinic Health System is here. Mayo has been investing and building its practice all year, bringing over 30 new providers to our community. Today, Mayo announced it is expandi...

January 5, 2015

From The Blog

College professor beats breast cancer with hometown team

Polly Browne, 54, a North Mankato, Minnesota resident and elementary education professor at Mankato-based Bethany Lutheran College, didn’t have symptoms, but she knew something wasn’t quite right with one of her breasts. An otherwise healthy person who had not long ago received a normal mammography report, Browne decided she needed to see her primary provider, Susan Laabs, M.D., Family Medicine.

January 16, 2017

Healthy food and a healthy lifestyle can help prevent cancer

Compelling evidence shows that generous amounts of fruits and veggies as part of a healthy diet may lower the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. Eating a healthy diet and adopting healthy habits have so much power in decreasing the possibility of developing breast and colorectal cancers in particular.

Grace Fjeldberg RDN By Grace Fjeldberg October 11, 2016

Chance discovery leads to baby’s successful surgery

Mandy and Tyler Leopold, of Austin, Minn., adopted Elliana at birth. She was born May 3, 2013, and her infancy was completely normal until 16 months.

August 16, 2016

The skinny on skin cancer: One doctor's personal experience (Part I)

Two years ago this May, David Asp, Ed.D., a psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, learned that a skin biopsy taken earlier was diagnosed as malignant melanoma. At the time, Dr. Asp knew little about melanoma and skin cancer in general. However, since his diagnosis and continuous ongoing treatments at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, he has learned a great deal and wants others to have what he did not. Part one of three.

David Asp By David Asp May 24, 2016

The skinny on skin cancer: One doctor's personal experience (Part III)

Two years ago this May, David Asp, Ed.D., a psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, learned that a skin biopsy taken earlier was diagnosed as malignant melanoma. At the time, Dr. Asp knew little about melanoma and skin cancer in general. However, since his diagnosis and continuous ongoing treatments at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, he has learned a great deal and wants others to have what he did not. Part three of three.

David Asp By David Asp May 24, 2016

The skinny on skin cancer: One doctor's personal experience (Part II)

Two years ago this May, David Asp, Ed.D., a psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, learned that a skin biopsy taken earlier was diagnosed as malignant melanoma. At the time, Dr. Asp knew little about melanoma and skin cancer in general. However, since his diagnosis and continuous ongoing treatments at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, he has learned a great deal and wants others to have what he did not. Part two of three.

David Asp By David Asp May 24, 2016

Living with a melanoma diagnosis

Melanoma is not just skin cancer. It’s real. It’s cancer. And left untreated, will kill you. I was diagnosed with skin cancer July 16, 2012. When I spotted an odd looking mole just below my right ribcage, my heart sunk. I knew about the dangers of melanoma, but I still was not ready to hear the words, “I’m sorry, but it’s cancer. It’s melanoma.”  

May 16, 2016

Simple steps to help prevent skin cancer

In parts of the country where winter seems to drag on forever, spring and summer are exciting seasons. The air becomes warmer, the sun gets brighter and outdoor activities are frequent. Naturally, your skin’s exposure to the sun increases during this time of year, which results in a greater risk of skin damage, including development of skin cancer. The good news? Most skin cancers are preventable.

Kevin Cockerill MD By Kevin Cockerill May 3, 2016

Keep Moving — The importance of exercise in cancer survivorship

It is well known that exercise decreases the risk of developing cancer. The protective role of exercise is noted in many cancers, including breast, lung, endometrial, colon and prostate. But, did you know exercise is helpful during and after cancer treatment?   

Kaye Holt NP By Kaye Holt March 21, 2016

Screening key to combating colorectal cancer

Outside of skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States and will account for nearly 50,000 deaths in 2016, according to the American Cancer Society. Yet, prevention is very possible when combining proper screenings, healthy lifestyle changes and increased awareness.

Stephan Thome MD By Stephan Thomé March 1, 2016

Beloved nurse, model patient: Blair Busby's breast cancer journey

When her sister was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and passed away at age 38, Blair Busby knew she couldn’t be too careful.

February 15, 2016

Screenings, awareness help prevent cervical cancer

Once the leading cause of cancer death in women, cervical cancer cases have lessened in recent years. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that more than 12,000 cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed and more than 4,000 women died from the disease in 2012. These data indicate cervical cancer is still a major threat to the well-being of women.

Sonal Grover MD By Sonal Grover January 13, 2016