Amy Klobuchar reveals breast cancer diagnosis, treatment

Amy Klobuchar
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In a statement Thursday morning, Minnesota US Senator Amy Klobuchar announced she had undergone treatment in May for Stage 1A breast cancer following a diagnosis earlier this year.

"In February of this year, doctors at Mayo Clinic found small white spots called calcifications during a routine mammogram. After this was discovered, I had a biopsy at Piper Breast Center in Minneapolis, and then learned that I had Stage 1A breast cancer," wrote Klobuchar.

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Klobuchar wrote that she returned to Mayo and had a lumpectomy which involved the removal of the cancer.

"In May, I completed a course of radiation treatment, and after additional follow-up visits, it was determined in August that the treatment went well."

Klobuchar credited her family and medical team for their support, which she says allowed her to continue working.

"At this point my doctors believe that my chances of developing cancer again are no greater than the average person," added Klobuchar.

In her statement, Klobuchar called attention to the fact many people have delayed physicals and routine examinations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I know that because I delayed mine. In fact, more than one in three adults reported delaying or forgoing health care because of coronavirus-related concerns. Studies have found that thousands of people who missed their mammogram due to the pandemic may be living with undetected breast cancer. Over and over, doctors are seeing patients who are being treated for more serious conditions that could have been caught earlier."

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