Health Topics

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

Cancer

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States. But survival rates are improving for many types of cancer, thanks to improvements in cancer screening and cancer treatment.

July

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. 

August

Special Event

Lizfest is a lung cancer fundraiser and celebration of life in honor of Elizabeth Melde, who lost her life to lung cancer in 2012 at 25. Proceeds benefit local lung cancer research and lung cancer patient assistance programs. This event includes food trucks, live music and a beverage tent. Mayo Clinic Health System is sponsoring this event.

Visit livingforliz.com/lizfest for information.

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
Eau Claire named a top hospital in Wisconsin

The hospital was named No. 6 in Wisconsin and recognized as a "Best Regional Hospital."

July 28, 2020
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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New option for earlier diagnosis, staging of pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is difficult to find early because it often doesn't cause symptoms until after it has spread to other organs. Learn about a minimally invasive procedure used to improve chances of survival.

Sebastian Strobel, M.D. By Sebastian Strobel June 14, 2021
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Be sun savvy, protect yourself from skin cancer

UV rays from the sun can cause skin damage in as little as 15 minutes. The key is to be sun savvy and know how to keep your skin healthy. Let’s explore a few tactics to help protect your skin.

Rebecca Danhof MD By Rebecca Danhof May 20, 2021
Aggie Morgan

One last adventure for patient entering hospice

Aggie Morgan has always been adventurous, but there was one adventure she looked forward to but hadn't taken. Enter her oncology nurse and virtual reality equipment.

May 6, 2021
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Colorectal cancer Q&A

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., but prevention is possible. Learn more in this Q&A.

Stephan Thome MD By Stephan Thomé March 10, 2021
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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
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Ovarian cancer: Get the facts

Ovarian cancer takes the lives of thousands of women each year. Knowing symptoms and risk factors can increase your chances of early diagnosis and recovery.

August 31, 2020
Jeff Calkins

‘There is a purpose for me’ reflects patient with brain tumor

Jeff Calkins believes he has been given a second chance at life. After surgery and treatment for a brain tumor, he is giving thanks and giving back.

July 28, 2020
Young woman applying sunscreen to arm

5 simple steps to help prevent skin cancer

Spring and summer are exciting seasons, but your skin’s exposure to the sun increases. You have a greater risk of skin damage, including development of skin cancer. The good news? Most skin cancers are preventable.

July 3, 2020
Mark Skrien with golf cart

Having surgery safely: Patient undergoes prostate surgery in midst of pandemic

Mark Skrien has a family history of prostate cancer. So he wasn't surprised in February when lab results showed that his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, a cancer screening test that looks for signs of prostate cancer, was high.

June 26, 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
Video health care visit

Video visits keep homebound patients connected to care

For those at higher risk of getting fatally sick ― like Jerome Determan, a cancer patient ― receiving care at home through video appointments is the right option, especially during social distancing. Learn how getting connected to his care team was easier than he thought possible.

April 22, 2020