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Breast Density: Five Things You Should Know

Breasts are composed of a variety of tissues, but the tissue doctors refer to as dense is very common. In fact, 40-47 percent of women who are between the ages of 40 and 74 have what is considered dense breast tissue. Read More »
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The Whispering Cancer – Ovarian Cancer

When Anola Ketelhohn went in for her yearly physical in 2014, she expressed concerns with bloating, stomach discomfort and even trouble eating – she felt full after only a few bites. She never considered that it could be ovarian cancer – the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women. Read More »
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Getting to Know The Pink Ladies

Their dynamic events like The Avera Race Against Breast Cancer and Paint the Night Pink draw plenty of attention, but it’s the compassion-in-action behind the scenes that makes The Avera Pink Ladies noteworthy. We spoke with Janice O’Connor, who joined The Pink Ladies in 2008. Read More »
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What Does Breast Cancer Feel Like?

Julie Reiland, MD, carries a green centimeter-sized stone in the pocket of her lab coat – not for luck or out of superstition, but to demonstrate, if asked, what breast cancer feels like to a patient or colleague. Reiland, a breast surgeon with Avera Medical Group Comprehensive Breast Care, advocates for annual mammograms along with clinical breast exams. Read More »
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All about HPV and the Vaccine that Can Help Prevent It

There’s been plenty of media attention over the three letters “HPV” for a while, and today, I’m going to take a few minutes to share some information with the goal of clearing up any misconceptions people may have about it. HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus, and there are more than 120 strains of it. Read More »
Cancer Care, Child Development, Children's Health, Women's Health and Pregnancy · Avera Health

Dense Breast Tissue: What You Need to Know

Millions of American women face a potential risk for breast cancer because of how their breasts are composed. They cannot feel the risk, but it is there, and it can make breast cancer harder to detect. Almost half of American women in the 40-74 year-old age group have what is called dense breast tissue. Read More »
Cancer Care, Women's Health and Pregnancy · Avera Health