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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.

May

Support Groups
Fairmont, MN

Join us for compassionate, cancer-related education and support. Share your experiences and learn about coping with the challenges of cancer. Family and friends are welcome to attend. 

Support Groups
Mankato, MN

Join this virtual class for compassionate, cancer-related education and support. Share your experiences and learn about coping with the challenges of cancer. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

You will receive a link via email to the virtual class about one week prior to the event. 

In The News

St. James now offers 3D breast imaging

Patients who visit Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James now have access to enhanced technology for breast cancer screenings.

April 15, 2021
Enhanced technology makes earlier detection of breast cancer possible

Breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, enables physicians to see cancers earlier, especially in women with denser breast tissue.

October 1, 2020
Technology making breast cancer screenings better, easier

While breast cancer is still the most common cancer among women, technology is making the screening process easier than ever.

October 3, 2019
Mayo Clinic announces $5 million gift to La Crosse cancer center

Expanded cancer center will allow Mayo Clinic to meet the region’s current patient demand and allow for future growth.

March 5, 2019

From The Blog

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3D tattooing after breast reconstruction

A tattoo often marks a milestone or celebrates a moment. Learn how a 3D tattoo can eliminate the constant visual reminder of breast cancer for some women.

Rebecca Kath PAC By Rebecca Kath April 28, 2021
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Screening mammograms and COVID-19 vaccines

Some women have reported swollen lymph nodes after a COVID-19 vaccination, raising questions about rescheduling a mammogram. Bottom line: Do not delay your mammogram.

February 25, 2021
Provider discussing breast cancer surgical options

Surgical options to remove breast cancer

Surgery often is part of breast cancer treatment plans. Learn about the two main surgical procedures and the reasons why your surgeon may recommend one options over the other for you.

M Kathleen Christian MD By M. Kathleen Christian October 27, 2020
Janice Maxfield

3D mammogram leads to early breast cancer detection

"Do it for yourself, your peace of mind and your family." Janice Maxfield encourages other women to get a mammogram after her routine 3D mammogram lead to quick breast cancer diagnosis and customized treatment.

October 21, 2020
Kari Skaar

Advice from breast cancer survivor: 'Listen to your body'

Kari Skaar knows the importance of asking the right questions and speaking up when something doesn't seem right. This breast cancer survivor wants to encourage other women to take charge of their health.

October 19, 2020
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3D technology provides enhanced breast cancer detection

When you hear "3D" you may think of glasses at a movie theater or printing. Digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammograms, are becoming a best practice for detecting breast cancer. Discover the benefits.

Megan Meyers, M.D. By Megan Meyers October 13, 2020
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Breast cancer awareness saves lives

October is breast cancer awareness month. Each year, about 250,000 in the U.S. are diagnosed. Arm yourself with information to better understand and reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Paula Gill MD By Paula Gill September 30, 2020
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The emotional side of cancer: 7 tips

Cancer can affect more than physical health. The emotional side can affect the ability to cope and stick to a treatment plan. Get 7 tips on how to improve your emotional well-being as a cancer patient or caregiver.

Sharon Dexheimer LICSW By Sharon Dexheimer September 11, 2020
Debbie Doble

Video visits keep patient, doctor connected during pandemic

Debbie Doble was diagnosed with breast cancer, but the COVID-19 pandemic halted face-to-face appointments. Find out how she continued care from the convenience of her home using video visits.

May 19, 2020
Lisa Carlson family

Breast cancer recovery back on track after COVID-19 pandemic delays surgery

When you learn you have cancer, the natural reaction is to want it out of your body as quickly as possible. Lisa Carlson recently was diagnosed with breast cancer and can attest to that.

May 11, 2020
Rose Boettcher

Genetic counseling helps woman, family make informed health decisions

Knowledge is power. That's Rose Boettcher's philosophy. Genetic counseling helped this three-time cancer survivor make decisions about her health care. Her test results also have inspired her to advocate for her family's health and well-being.

February 13, 2020
Mary Klimp

Breast cancer diagnosis leads to surprising discovery

Mary Klimp remembers the exact moment her life changed. It was when she received a call with the news that she had breast cancer. Then she made a surprising discovery.

November 22, 2019