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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States. Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, but it's far more common in women.

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From The Blog

Molecular breast imaging FAQ

You may be hearing about a new breast cancer screening test for women with dense breast tissue called molecular breast imaging or MBI. It is a fundamentally different approach to breast imaging than mammography.

Richard Ellis MD By Richard Ellis January 3, 2018

Important information for breast cancer prevention

I challenge you to not only support Breast Cancer Awareness Month but to take your own awareness of breast cancer one step further. I encourage you to be aware of the risk factors for breast cancer and what strategies you can implement in your lifestyle to reduce your risk.

Hanna_Mina By Mina Hanna October 19, 2017

Breast cancer survivor wonders “What if?”

Tammy Jackson, a 55-year-old Eau Claire resident and breast cancer survivor, says she asks herself all the time, “What would’ve happened if I hadn’t made that phone call and booked that mammogram?”

October 12, 2017

Staying positive, supporting others helps Cathy fight against breast cancer

When Cathy Klug was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, it came as a shock. The healthy, 43-year-old mom and school teacher had always taken care of herself and always enjoyed good health. But her positive attitude moved her forward as a true survivor.

October 5, 2017

After breast cancer, simple tasks become extraordinary feats

At 31 years old with a young daughter and the natural inclination to go, go, go, slowing down was hard for Lindsey Bruns to imagine. However, Bruns, a business owner and Mankato resident, was forced to reduce her daily pace when she was hit with two major life events in 2016. She fell off her horse and broke her hip in May, and in June, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

June 13, 2017

Making every Mother’s Day count

Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. Like most people, I never thought it would happen to me. Then one day, there it was — a lump.

May 11, 2017

The Survivor Bell

Jane-Marie Bahr shares her personal experience of her last day of radiation treatment at Mayo Clinic Health System.

April 27, 2017

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

5 FAQs about mammography screening for women of average risk

Are you of average risk for breast cancer and what does that mean exactly? Should you have a mammogram and if so, how often? Here are five top frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers about breast screenings and recommendations.

Fadi Yahya MD By Fadi Yahya May 19, 2016

3-D technology provides enhanced breast cancer detection

As you transition from bikinis to briefs, your risk for cancers can increase. Women of all ages should perform self-breast examinations to observe any changes that may signal something serious, such as breast cancer. But, once you turn 40, it is time to schedule your yearly mammogram.

Megan Meyers, M.D. By Megan Meyers May 19, 2016

Breast reconstruction following breast cancer: Options and recovery

It’s common to find someone whose life has been affected by breast cancer — a friend, sister or mother has likely received the difficult news that they have breast cancer. It’s more common than you might think. One in nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. For the vast majority, this is difficult, frightening and overwhelming. In addition to digesting the information provided about cancer, there’s also the option for breast reconstruction to consider.

May 16, 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