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High School Sports Rally: Feb. 20, 2015

David McCoy covers the Minnesota gymnastics championships at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. The best high school gymnastics teams and individuals in the state are competing for their state meet

02/20/2015

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MN Family Helps Fight Childhood Cancer By Eating Ice Cream For Breakfast

It’s something your mother told you never to do: eat ice cream for breakfast. But one Forest Lake family is asking everyone to eat ice cream Wednesday morning.

02/18/2015

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21 New Cancer Cases Found In Study Of Miners

Minnesota health officials and university researchers say they’ve found 21 new cases of a rare form of lung cancer called mesothelioma among a group of miners who they’ve been following since the late 1990s.

02/17/2015

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Lab Tests Imply Formaldehyde Risk In Some E-Cigarette Vapor

Using certain electronic cigarettes at high temperature settings could potentially release more formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, than smoking traditional cigarettes does, new lab tests suggest. The research does not prove a health risk — it involved limited testing on just one brand of e-cigarettes and was done in test tubes, not people. It also does not mean e-cigarettes are better or worse than regular ones; tobacco smoke contains dozens of things that can cause cancer.

01/21/2015

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Scientists: Tumor-Causing Virus Widespread In Wild Turkeys

Wildlife biologists tracking a tumor-causing virus first diagnosed in eastern wild turkeys five years ago have found the virus is far more widespread — but less deadly — than expected.

01/21/2015

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Farmington Teen’s Snocross Wishes Come True

Thursday’s snow was the perfect complement to a Farmington teen’s dream come true. Nick Kraml, 14, is battling a cancer so rare that his mom says only three patients have been seen with it at Children’s Hospital. He’s been responding to treatments though, and was well enough to show up at Canterbury Park’s Snocross track in Shakopee.

01/08/2015

Law, Judge, Justice

Court Revives Malpractice Case In Cancerous Transplant Death

A malpractice case for a Minnesota woman who died after receiving a transplant of a cancerous pancreas may be headed for a trial. The Minnesota Court of Appeals this week ruled the case against Dr. Ty Dunn should head to court in the death of Jodie Shierts, 36. The court says Dunn didn’t know the pancreas was infected with cancer but should have screened the donor more thoroughly.

01/03/2015

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After Beating Bone Cancer, Aspiring Football Player Will Head To Citrus Bowl

Among the number of people heading down to Florida to watch the Minnesota Gophers take on the Missouri Tigers in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day is the O’Brien family.

12/26/2014

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Woman Must Delay Cancer Treatment Until Delivering Twins

A cancer diagnosis usually means starting treatment right away. Fighting it as soon as possible offers the best chance to successfully get rid of it. But a Minnesota woman who found out she has thyroid cancer is waiting to get it treated. Zach and Teri Johnson always wanted twins. Their 3-year-old daughter, Scarlett, is pretty thrilled about the idea, too.

12/04/2014

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Mayo Clinic Works To Develop Ovarian Cancer Vaccine

There are no early detection tests for ovarian cancer, and 56 percent of women diagnosed with the disease die within five years. That’s why the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) spends most of their budget on funding research.

12/04/2014

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Meet She-Rah, The Ovarian Cancer Superhero!

This week WCCO is spotlighting MOCA — the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance — as part of our Trees of Hope campaign. Ovarian cancer occurs in one in 71 women. Fifty-six percent of women die within five years. But it’s not a cancer people know much about. On the Nicollet Mall, Sara Langworthy stands dressed in teal, a superhero headdress, outfit and boots. She’s stopping people and handing out symptom cards.

12/03/2014

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Young Ovarian Cancer Survivor Meets Her Hockey Hero

The average age for a diagnosis of ovarian cancer is 63, so it was a shock when a 7-year-old Minnesota girl found out she had it. We first introduced you to Harlie Corneliusen in September. After chemo and some dark days, she is now free of cancer.

12/02/2014

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Mother, Daughter Both Diagnosed With Ovarian Cancer

Eleven years ago, an Andover family knew almost nothing about ovarian cancer. Now, the three generations — five grandchildren, three sisters, a mom and a dad — are now some of the strongest advocates for it.

12/02/2014

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12 Fighting Ovarian Cancer Win ‘Dream Awards’

Eighty-five percent of women with ovarian cancer pass away within five years, so the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) works to comfort those diagnosed. It is the fifth-deadliest women’s cancer.

12/01/2014

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Small Nonprofit Fights Ovarian Cancer Head-On

Whether they are breaking a sweat at a fundraiser or all dressed up at a banquet — the color teal always marks an occasion for the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance. And so does a sense of pride. Eleven-year survivor Erica Dahlin and her family help support the annual walk.

11/28/2014

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Thad Young Returns To Wolves After Mom’s Death

Thaddeus Young has returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves following the death of his mother. Young practiced on Monday for the first time since Lulu Hall died of cancer on Nov. 13. Young missed five games while mourning her passing.

11/24/2014

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U Of M Invents Device For Early Detection Of Serious Illness

A new sensing device invented at the University of Minnesota could revolutionize the way doctors detect serious illnesses, like cancer and heart disease. The hand-held device, known as z-Lab, makes the process so simple; a patient could someday have the tests done during a routine checkup and have the results in 15 minutes.

11/12/2014

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School Releases Balloons In Honor Of Student Who Died Of Cancer

A high school student who lost her battle with brain cancer was honored Thursday for her bravery. Weeks after Rachel Woell’s death, teachers and students at Minneapolis’ St. Charles Borromeo School held a balloon release in her honor. We first shared Rachel’s story with you this fall. The 18-year-old student at Totino-Grace High School captured the spirit of her football team, for which she worked as the team manager.

10/30/2014

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Breast Cancer Survivors Pass Along Recliner, Support

A weathered recliner that doesn’t look like much has meant everything to women at eight different homes. Meredith Johnson was the first to see its value. She spent six weeks in the chair after a double mastectomy. Reclining provided relief during a painful recovery. “It was just so uncomfortable to lay flat, and for some reason being propped up made a huge difference,” Johnson said.

10/29/2014

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New Home Test Shakes Up Colon Cancer Screening

Starting Monday, millions of people who have avoided colon cancer screening can get a new home test that’s noninvasive and doesn’t require the icky preparation most other methods do.

10/26/2014

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MN Cancer Patient Who Ran Boston Marathon Dies

A Minnesota woman who returned this year to finish the Boston Marathon despite her battle with cancer has died. Elinor Scott-Sutter had nearly finished the marathon in 2013 when two pressure cooker bombs exploded, killed three people and injured dozens of others.

09/16/2014

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Girl, 7, Receives Rare Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis

Ovarian cancer is not one of the most talked about forms of cancer, but it is one of the most dangerous types. The average age a woman is diagnosed with it is 63. That’s why 7-year-old Harlie Corneliusen’s story is so very rare.

09/03/2014

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Health Watch: Double Mastectomies May Not Result In Fewer Deaths

Many women suffering from breast cancer choose to have a double mastectomy, a surgery that removes both breasts. But a new study shows it may not be resulting in fewer deaths. The study involved nearly 200,000 California patients who were followed for several years.

09/03/2014

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3-Day Walk For Breast Cancer Cure Raises $2 Million

The Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day has raised $2 million for breast cancer research and community outreach programs, the organization announced Monday. Nearly 1,000 people took part in the 60-mile walk, which ended Sunday at the Minnesota State Capitol.

08/25/2014

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Totino-Grace Football Team Rallying Around Classmate With Cancer

Starting next week, Friday nights will be about football for many high schools across the state. But this week, a metro high school is rallying around one of their own in an extraordinary way, with prayer.

08/22/2014

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