MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar announced Thursday that she was being treated for breast cancer, which was diagnosed in February and treatment “went well.”
Klobuchar, 61, tweeted that the cancer was discovered during a routine mammogram and she eventually had a lumpectomy to remove the cancer. She said she finished radiation treatment in May and an exam in August found she was fine.
Klobuchar is early in her third term. First elected in 2006, she easily won twice against little-known opponents.
For the Democrats, Klobuchar’s health update was a new reminder of their fragile influence over the Senate, which they control with a single vote. Klobuchar’s announcement made no explicit statement about her future, but said that cancer “gave my work a new meaning”.
Klobuchar said her cancer was Stage 1A, which means it had not spread beyond her breast. She said she was happy to spot her early because she postponed her mammography because of the pandemic. She urged Americans not to postpone health checkups.
Klobuchar ran for president in 2020, but left before the Democratic Party conference. She has long maintained an image as a Democrat willing to work with Republicans, an effort often dismissed by the GOP and some progressives as being based on minor issues.
Most recently she chaired the congressional committee investigating the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
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