WASHINGTON — Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., revealed on Thursday that over the past several months she was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and underwent successful treatment to combat it.
In a post on Medium, Klobuchar wrote that doctors diagnosed her with stage 1A cancer after a biopsy in the spring. After other tests, she underwent a lumpectomy to remove a tumor in her right breast. In May, she began radiation therapy.
“Of course this has been scary at times, since cancer is the word all of us fear, but at this point my doctors believe that my chances of developing cancer again are no greater than the average person,” Klobuchar wrote.
“I also want to call attention to the fact that many people have been delaying physicals and routine examinations because of the pandemic. I know that because I delayed mine,” the senator also wrote. “It’s easy to put off health screenings, just like I did. But I hope my experience is a reminder for everyone of the value of routine health checkups, exams, and follow-through.”
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