Democratic Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has announced that she was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year.
Following successful treatment during the spring, Ms Klobuchar has now said that it’s unlikely that she will develop the disease again.
“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,” the senator said in a statement.
“After a number of other tests, I returned to Mayo and had a lumpectomy on the right breast which involved the removal of the cancer,” she added. “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.”
She said the recent months have been “scary at times, since cancer is the word all of us fear” but she added that her doctors think that her “chances of developing cancer again are no greater than the average person”.
Ms Klobuchar went on to thank the doctors, nurses, her friends and family for their support during the surgery and radiation treatment, which she said, “coincided with my dad’s illness and death”.
She said the support she received allowed her to “continue my work with my colleagues on major pandemic and economic legislation, as well as chairing the joint Senate January 6th investigation and the For the People hearings while undergoing cancer treatment”.
Both the Senate and the House have launched investigations into the Capitol riot insurrection on 6 January when a pro-Trump mob laid siege to the Capitol in an effort to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.
Ms Klobuchar is a sponsor of the For The People Act, the Democratic bill that would, if passed, overhaul voting and is aimed at making access to the ballot easier.
The Democrat noted that many Americans have been delaying their physicals and check-ups during the pandemic. “I know that because I delayed mine,” she said.
She noted that more than a third of adults have said that they have delayed care because of concerns about Covid-19.
“Studies have found that thousands of people who missed their mammogram due to the pandemic may be living with undetected breast cancer,” Ms Klobuchar said. “Over and over, doctors are seeing patients who are being treated for more serious conditions that could have been caught earlier.”