Amy Klobuchar said she was diagnosed with and treated for stage 1A breast cancer this year

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota speaks during a hearing with the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights, on Capitol Hill on June 15, 2021. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images
  • Amy Klobuchar revealed on Thursday that she had been treated for cancer.
  • The Minnesota Democrat encouraged people go get early screenings and not put them off.
  • Back in March 2020, Klobuchar’s husband was hospitalized with COVID-19.
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced Thursday that she was diagnosed with and treated for stage 1A breast cancer this year.

In a statement she posted on Medium, the Minnesota Democrat chronicled her journey to recovery, which started in February when she was diagnosed with breast cancer during a routine mammogram.

“After a number of other tests, I returned to Mayo [Clinic] and had a lumpectomy on the right breast 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,” she wrote.

She continued: “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 took the opportunity to call out the fact that many have been delaying routine physicals due to the pandemic, and encouraged Americans to see their doctors if they have been avoiding appointments.

“There is rarely a good time to go in for a mammogram or routine health screening,” she wrote. “So many Americans are still juggling their children on their laps and their laptops on their desks. They are constantly balancing their families, their jobs, and their health. 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,” Klobuchar continued. “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.”

Back in March 2020, Klobuchar’s husband, John Bessler, was hospitalized with a severe case of COVID-19.

Just weeks before then, Klobuchar’s presidential campaign caught fire in a late surge that brought her a third place finish in the New Hampshire primary.

Eventually dropping out and endorsing Joe Biden that March, Klobuchar’s late-campaign momentum for a similar set of voters sparked an iconic feud with Pete Buttigieg, who now serves as Biden’s transportation secretary.

Klobuchar remains one of the top Democrats in the Senate, particularly in her position as chair of the highly influential rules committee.