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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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In The News

Mammograms: The best test for your breast

One in eight U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

October 13, 2016

From The Blog

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.

Elizabeth SaterenZoller P.A.-C. By Elizabeth SaterenZoller 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

When a lump is more than a lump — When you should see your health care provider

Becoming familiar with your breasts will help you know what's normal so you can report any changes.

October 23, 2015

Defend yourself against breast cancer

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime; in essence, breast cancer affects everyone in some way, shape or form. Mayo Clinic Health System encourages both women and men to be continually mindful of the measures they can take in breast cancer awareness.

Amy Lloyd MD By Amy Lloyd October 16, 2015

Nurse shares her two-time breast cancer survival story

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Juliann Johannsen, a nurse in CCU, shares her story about her fight against breast cancer in a special video.

October 8, 2015

Stopping breast cancer before it starts

When people develop breast cancer, which poses a 12 percent lifetime risk for all women, it’s a scary time. But it can be even more distressing for women who have the BRCA 1 mutation.

June 19, 2015