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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

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
New Prague welcomes new 3D breast imaging scanner

New machine will benefit patients and providers through use of cutting-edge technology.

October 5, 2018
Mankato welcomes two new 3D breast imaging scanners

New machine will benefit patients and providers through use of cutting-edge technology.

October 5, 2018
Fairmont welcomes new 3D breast imaging scanner

New machine will benefit patients and providers through use of cutting-edge technology.

October 5, 2018

From The Blog

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

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

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

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.

December 3, 2019

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

Hospice patient shared special ties with Mayo Clinic Health System

Aside from being a nurse, veteran and hospice patient, Rosemary Zemlo had a special connection to hospice services at Mayo Clinic Health System.

September 6, 2019

Living in fear: Cancer recurrence

Some fear of cancer recurrence is normal, but excessive fear can lead to decreased quality of life. Here's how you can manage your fear.

Kaye Holt, N.P. By Kaye Holt August 19, 2019

Scalp cooling therapy prevents hair loss during chemotherapy

Hair loss is a common side effect of chemotherapy which can greatly contribute to your stress and anxiety. However, a new treatment called scalp cooling therapy is helping many patients keep most of their hair.

Amrit Singh MD By Amrit Singh June 26, 2019

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