WMSN FOX 47
 

FOX 47 - Health News

Sunday, October 23 2011, 11:40 PM CDT

BARABOO (WMSN) -- Every survivor story starts with a date. For Baraboo's Anne Calkins, it's July 1, 2011.


Calkins, 50, learned she had breast cancer after a routine mammogram her doctor recommended.


"That was tough telling both my kids. That was probably the hardest
thing I've ever had to do. Harder than having a diagnosis of breast
cancer," she said.


The diagnosis came at a tough time: the family had recently learned
her husband Kevin's mom also had cancer. She died a month after Anne's
diagnosis.


"All you can do is keep living," Kevin Calkins said.


But the couple knows in one sense, Anne's diagnosis came just in
time. Thanks to the routine mammogram, doctors at St. Clare Hospital in
Baraboo were able to spot her tumor early.


"By catching it early, we can avoid chemotherapy altogether. And
nowadays we do breast conservation surgery on most patients, which means
we don't remove the breast. It's very well tolerated," said Dr. Kristen
Wells, who performed Anne's surgery, known as lumpectomy.


Early detection also has a big impact on survival rate. 88 percent of
patients live at least 5 years with Stage I breast cancer. Just 15
percent live that period with the most advanced stage.


Calkins had no history of breast cancer in her family, and no risk
factors like having children later in life, smoking, or being
overweight.


She was only alerted by that routine mammogram.


"Go in and have a mammogram. Go in for your yearly checks. Do your self breast exams," Calkins said.


It's advice she doesn't know where she would be without.Anne's story: surviving breast cancer in Baraboo

Video List

Sun. - Fri. on FOX 47 News at 9!

Top Health Headlines (foxnews.com)

Human fetal tissue long used for variety of medical studies
Controversy over Planned Parenthood's supplying fetal tissue for research has focused attention on a little-discussed aspect of science.

App offers key to restful sleep
Do you hate being jolted awake by your alarm clock in the morning? The creators of the app Sleep Cycle say it can wake you up gently to ensure you have a great start to the day.

Skip these for a flat belly and no stomach complaints
Earlier this year I was feeling as inflated as a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. I know, belly complaints are pretty common—research shows nearly 20 percent of women have chronic constipation and 14 percent have symptoms like pain or bloating—but this was happening so often I was getting cranky. Really cranky.

How to negotiate your hospital bills
Opening a huge medical bill after a hospital stay can be enough to make you sick all over again.

Maryland 8-year-old is youngest to receive double hand transplant
A Maryland boy who lost both his hands to an infection while a toddler became the youngest patient to receive a successful double hand transplant, surgeons announced Tuesday.

Advertise with us!

Tonight on FOX 47

5:00pm Two and a Half Men
5:30pm Big Bang Theory
6:00pm Modern Family
6:30pm Big Bang Theory
7:00pm Masterchef
8:00pm Home Free
9:00pm FOX 47 News at 9
9:35pm Modern Family
10:05pm Mike & Molly
10:35pm Mike & Molly
11:05pm Two and a Half Men
11:35pm The Simpsons
12:05am Community


Complete FOX 47 Schedule

To FOX.com

Advertise with us!
IE6 Float Fix