Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

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 U.S. It can occur in men and women, but it's far more common in women.

October

Community Education
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S. with nearly 1 in 8 women diagnosed in her lifetime. From lifestyle changes and preventive screening options to genetic counseling and personalized cancer treatment options, there are many ways to prioritize your breast health so you can be there for those who need you most.

Join Caroline Wilker, M.D., and M. Kathleen Christian, M.D. ― both Mayo Clinic Health System Breast Care Center providers ― to learn about breast cancer, preventive measures, and advancements in personalized medicine and breast cancer treatment.

When you register, you will receive an email with a link that will allow you to access the webinar using Zoom. Check your junk mail if you don't receive this email.

Click on the link a few minutes before the start of the webinar. Sometimes technical issues can occur when joining a virtual webinar. If you cannot connect using Zoom, you can call the phone number in your confirmation email to listen to the webinar. Calling rates apply.
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. 

November

Community Education

A cancer diagnosis is life-altering for patients, families and caregivers. Join Mayo Clinic Health System for a symposium on how diet and humor can affect your journey.

Agenda:
  • Welcome.
  • Mayo Clinic Cancer Center update.
  • “Diet and Cancer” – Joseph F. Gonzales, a Mayo Clinic Health System dietitian, will discuss how diet and lifestyle can affect the risk of certain cancers. Participants will learn how they can improve their diets to prevent a recurrence.
  • “Life, Lessons and Laughter” – Brenda Elsagher, keynote speaker, author, certified humor professional and colorectal cancer survivor, will help participants see that they are surrounded by humor and laughter that can make them healthier and better able to cope with stress, aggravation and challenging moments. She also will discuss the importance of preventive screenings. Prepare to laugh about things you never imagined.
  • Q&A.
  • Closing remarks.

The cancer symposium is sponsored by the Lloyd and Ardis Peterson Family Foundation.

When you register, you will receive an email with a link that will allow you to access the symposium using Zoom. Check your junk mail if you don't receive this email.

Click on the link a few minutes before the start of the webinar. Sometimes technical issues can occur when joining a virtual symposium. If you cannot connect using Zoom, you can call the phone number in your confirmation email to listen to the symposium. Calling rates apply.

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

Advances in breast cancer surgery

Two key changes have occurred in the past few years.

October 19, 2021
How to prioritize breast care forum

Attend a virtual community forum on Oct. 26 to discuss breast cancer, including preventive measures, and advancements in personalized medicine and treatment.

October 11, 2021
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

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