Virginia Piper Cancer Institute

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

[WCCO-TV, Oct. 11, 2019] October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and when women should start getting mammograms remains a confusing topic for many. Allina Health surgeon Dr. Ann Callahan at the Piper Breast Center talked with WCCO News about that issue and other ways women can protect themselves from breast cancer.

Surprising case of esophageal cancer raises awareness of growing disease

[KMSP Fox 9, April 9, 2019] April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, and the deadly disease is rapidly on the rise. Allina Health is home to one of the leading medical teams fighting the cancer. Recently, they treated one of their youngest patients who came in with some slight indigestion – and discovered he had […]

New FDA rules to give patients more info after breast cancer screenings

[WCCO-TV, April 8, 2019] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing a new rule to require health care providers tell women if they have dense breast tissue after a mammogram. Dense tissue make it harder to detect breast cancer. Dr. Trudi Parker, a radiologist with Allina Healths’s Piper Breast Center, supports new FDA regulations. […]

Found early enough, colorectal cancer is very treatable

[KARE 11, March 13, 2019] March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month meant to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and take action toward prevention. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women. Yet, found early enough, […]

Colorectal cancer is one of the most treatable cancers if found early enough

[WCCO Radio, March 1, 2019] March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month meant to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and take action toward prevention. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women. Yet, found early enough, […]

Cancer increasing in younger adults as obesity increases

[WCCO Radio, Feb. 5, 2019] Cancers fueled by obesity are on the rise among young adults in the United States and appearing at increasingly younger ages, according to an analysis released by the American Cancer Society. The six obesity-related cancers that showed startling increases among younger adults were colorectal, endometrial, gallbladder, kidney, pancreatic and multiple […]

Cervical cancer screening saves lives

[KARE 11, Jan. 25, 2019] More than 13,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year and more than a quarter of those women will die from the disease. Yet, with screenings and vaccines, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers today. Dr. Emily Prendergast is an oncologist with Allina Health and […]

Why 3D mammograms are better than 2D

[KARE 11, Jan. 22, 2019] If a woman gets a yearly mammogram, she’s likely been offered something new in the last few years: a 3D mammogram. She’s also likely been told it will cost you more out of pocket. So, is the new scan worth the extra cash? KARE 11 went to Allina Health’s Piper […]

Hastings mom uses her fight against cancer to inspire generosity

[KARE 11, Jan. 18, 2019] When Melissa Black began fighting breast cancer last year, she knew she wasn’t alone. Her husband, Charlie, and her two sons, Marcus and Donovan, fought through the tough days with her. Though her fight against cancer at Allina Health, Melissa decided to live by a simple motto: choose joy. Months […]

Study: Breast cancer risk increases after giving birth

[KMSP Fox 9, Dec. 11. 2018] According to new research out this week, women who have babies have an increased risk for breast cancer, compared to women who don’t give birth. The study from the University of North Carolina reports that the risk rises and then falls over time, peaking about five years after birth. […]