Senator Amy Klobuchar reveals she was diagnosed with breast cancer and has undergone treatment for illness
SENATOR Amy Klobuchar has revealed that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent treatment.
Klobuchar said that doctors found small white spots during a routine mammogram back in February, which led to her having a biopsy that diagnosed her with Stage 1A breast cancer.
Stage 1A cancer means that it had not spread beyond the breast.
The political figure then underwent tests and had a lumpectomy on her right breast to remove the cancer.
She then underwent radiation before finding out that the treatment went well in August.
"I want to thank the incredible doctors and nurses I had the privilege to work with, my friends and loving family — including my husband John and daughter Abigail — for their support during the surgery and radiation, which also coincided with my dad’s illness and death," she wrote in a blog post.
She went on to confirm that while she was undergoing cancer treatment, she continued to work with colleagues "on major pandemic and economic legislation" alongside the January 6th Capitol riot investigation.
The Minnesotan also encouraged people to not hold off on doctors' appointments due to the pandemic, "I know that because I delayed min," she said.
"Studies have found that thousands of people who missed their mammogram due to the pandemic may be living with undetected breast cancer," she added.
"Over and over, doctors are seeing patients who are being treated for more serious conditions that could have been caught earlier."
She went to encourage others to get checked, saying "I hope my experience is a reminder for everyone of the value of the routine health checkups, exams, and follow-through.
"I am so fortunate to have caught the cancer at an early enough stage and to not need chemotherapy or other extensive treatments, which unfortunately is not the case for so many others," she concluded.
The senator is early in her third term. She was first elected in 2006 and easily won reelection twice against little-known opponents.
Klobuchar ran for president in 2020 but eventually dropped out before the Democratic convention.
She long cultivated an image as a Democrat willing to work across the aisle with Republicans, an effort the GOP and some progressives often dismissed as built on smaller issues.
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