What do the different stages of breast cancer mean?

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Knowing the five stages of breast cancer can be important in understanding a diagnosis and treatment options. Photo: Pexels

(Gabriela Miranda/ USA Today) — US Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., announced Thursday that she’s recovering after a breast cancer diagnosis in February and treatment to combat it.

In a statement, Klobuchar said doctors found signs of cancer at a routine mammogram, and a biopsy then confirmed it to be stage IA breast cancer. Months and procedures later, Klobuchar said there is a low chance of her cancer returning. 

The senator’s revelation has put a national spotlight on the disease that the American Cancer Society says results in more than 200,000 diagnoses each year in the U.S.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women behind skin cancer. Black women are hit harder than white women, with higher rates of diagnosis and death. (…)

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