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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

Regular mammograms, 3D imaging lead to early breast cancer detection

Jan Jenswold was just going in for a routine mammogram. She had no family history of breast cancer, so she wasn't worried. But a 3D mammogram showed something concerning.

October 17, 2018

Breast cancer patient grateful for angels

Brenda Braatz is grateful for the team of medical "angels" who cared for her — body and soul — when she was being treated for breast cancer.

October 3, 2018

The importance of a cancer survivorship care plan

Cancer care doesn’t end just because treatment is done. Life doesn’t immediately go back to normal because you are done with radiation or chemotherapy. It's important to address the needs of cancer survivors with a survivorship care plan.

June 6, 2018

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

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