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Are Flame Retardants Causing Cancer In Firefighters?

They’re trained to run into burning buildings and save lives, but Minnesota firefighters are facing a silent danger long after the flames are out. Studies show more than half of all line-of-duty deaths in firefighting are now caused by cancer. It’s a diagnosis Minnesota firefighters know all too well.

05/26/2014

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Health Watch: Tips For Preventing, Recognizing Skin Cancer

Summer unofficially kicks off  Memorial Day weekend in Minnesota, and experts say this is also a good time to remind everyone about sun safety. Three and a half million people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year, and many cases can be prevented or detected early.

05/24/2014

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Don Meyer, Among Coaches With Most Wins, Has Died

Don Meyer, one of the winningest coaches in college basketball who came back from a near-fatal car accident and liver cancer before closing out his career, died Sunday in South Dakota. He was 69.

05/18/2014

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MN Coalition Works To Bring Awareness To Colon Cancer

For ten years, the Minnesota Colon Cancer Coalition has been on a mission to make the words colon, colorrectal and colonoscopy a part of the everyday language. The organization believes it can overcome the fear and decrease deaths from the largely preventable cancer. Last year thousands come out to participate in the Get Your Rear in Gear walk and run.

05/17/2014

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Mayo Clinic Study May Have Found Possible Cure To Certain Cancer

A new groundbreaking study at the Mayo Clinic may have found a potential “cure” for some types of cancer. Forty-nine-year-old Stacy Erholtz has myeloma, a type of cancer found in bone marrow.

05/15/2014

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Legendary Basketball Coach Meyer In Hospice Care

The family of former Northern State University basketball coach Don Meyer says he’s in hospice care in Aberdeen. The family says in a statement that Meyer’s health has been declining over the past several months, and after a three-day stay at a hospital with a feeding tube he is now at home in hospice care.

05/14/2014

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St. Anthony Crowd Breaks High-5 Record For Boy With Cancer

Today, you can help a young boy battling a life-threatening disease. And all it takes is a high five. There’s an organized local movement to make a world record attempt to get the most high-fives in one minute.

04/17/2014

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Health Watch: ‘Cold Cap Therapy’ May Help Cancer Patients Keep Hair

It seems the two go hand-in-hand: chemotherapy and losing your hair. However, some cancer patients are keeping their hair in the midst of aggressive treatments: It’s called cold cap therapy.

04/03/2014

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Firefighters Call For Regulations On Harmful Chemicals

Flames aren’t the only threat to Minnesota firefighters. The group ‘Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters’ joined lawmakers and health advocates at the Capitol Wednesday afternoon to talk about the dangers of toxic chemicals. The group wants stronger regulation of chemicals like flame retardants, which can cause cancer.

03/26/2014

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Former Gopher Hockey Star Given A Few Months To Live

Friends and family are putting together a benefit for a former Gopher hockey star who has been given just a few months to live.

03/24/2014

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Minn. Mom Ends Cancer Treatment To Be Home With Boys

Difficult situations require difficult decisions. Lynn Acker is a 37-year-old wife and mother of three sons in Coon Rapids. She’s been fighting cancer for seven years. This winter, she made one of life’s toughest decisions.

02/26/2014

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Twins Have Eye Back Home On GM Terry Ryan

While listening to assistant general manager Rob Antony deliver the traditional clubhouse talk on the first day of full-squad workouts, Minnesota Twins reliever Brian Duensing kept thinking of Terry Ryan.

02/25/2014

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Neighbors React To Tragic Duplex Fire In N. Mpls.

Only months after Troy Lewis’ family lost a wife and mother, a raging house fire in north Minneapolis claimed five more lives. Seven residents living on the main floor made it out alive, including Taleaha Cox. Seconds later, she heard Troy’s screams coming from the second floor. “My little brother’s like, ‘I think the house is on fire.’ And then all I heard was the man upstairs like, ‘Help! Police! Fire, fire, fire! Police!’” Cox said. “He was hanging out the window.”

02/14/2014

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Twins GM Ryan Out Of Hospital After Cancer Surgery

Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan has been released from the hospital, the first step in his recovery from cancer surgery. The Twins announced Friday that Ryan left the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, three days after the operation.

02/14/2014

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Twins: GM Terry Ryan Diagnosed With Cancer

The Minnesota Twins announced Monday, just a few days away from pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, that General Manager Terry Ryan has been diagnosed with cancer. Team officials said the diagnosis came during a routine physical as the team physician found a lump on Ryan’s neck.

02/10/2014

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Hope Chest Helps Low-Income Breast Cancer Patients

Saving money while trying to save your own life. It’s a concept that seems unfair when your life should be seen as priceless. But for many low-income people, it’s a reality. The founder of a local charity aimed to help women fighting breast cancer is doing something to change that. All proceeds from “Hope Chest for Breast Cancer” go to help local women who struggle to meet their immediate needs of food, transportation and medical costs.

02/05/2014

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Health Dept. Trying To Deter Teens From Tanning With Video Challenge

A new survey reveals how many Minnesota teenagers are increasing their risk of getting skin cancer. A new study from the Department of Health found 34 percent of white girls in the 11th grade admitted to using tanning beds over the last year. More than half of them tanned indoors 10 or more times.

01/14/2014

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1-8-14 Jimbo Fisher’s Minneapolis Connection On The Morning News With Dave Lee

A family illness keeps the coach in Minneapolis. Listen why by clicking the above link.

01/08/2014

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Connor Cosgrove’s Final Chemo Treatment Is The Start Of Something Greater

A little over a week ago, Gopher football player Connor Cosgrove walked out of Amplatz Children’s Hospital cancer-free.

12/25/2013

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‘U’ Student Celebrates Final Chemo Treatment

Connor Cosgrove, 22, is getting his last chemotherapy treatment Friday. Teri Cannon, executive director of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, says it’s a day of celebration at the Amplatz Children’s Hospital. “It’s really exciting for us when any patient can be declared in complete remission,” Cannon said. She says there are a lot people who don’t know about this kind of cancer, or the fact that there are more than 150 types of blood cancer.

12/13/2013

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A Movember Story With A Miraculous Ending

You may have become used to the furry faces in WCCO’s weather center over the last four weeks, but Movember is about to end. All month, WCCO has been sharing with you the stories behind the mustaches, including one man whose battle against testicular cancer has a miraculous ending.

11/30/2013

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Super Bowl Ref, Blaine-Native Jerry Seeman Dies

Former NFL supervisor of officials Jerry Seeman, who worked as the chief referee in two Super Bowls, has died after a long bout with cancer at age 77. Seeman died Sunday at his home in Blaine, Minn., league spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Monday. The St. Paul Pioneer Press first reported the death of Seeman, who was an NFL game official from 1975 to 1990, including 12 seasons as a lead referee. Seeman moved to the league office in 1991 and served 10 years as the supervisor of officials until his retirement. “Jerry modernized and improved NFL officiating during his 10 seasons leading the department,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement distributed by the league. “He was very proud of being a football official, and he always made the NFL proud through his skill, integrity, and professionalism.”

11/25/2013

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Movember Resonates With Young Cancer Survivor’s Family

Whether it’s a co-worker, friend or family member, we all know someone who’s battled cancer. This month, through Movember, WCCO is trying to raise awareness about cancers affecting men.

11/22/2013

Pine County Shooting Follow Up

Pine Co. Teen Charged In Burglary That Left Accomplice Dead

A Pine County teenager is now charged in a home invasion that left a man dead. It happened after the intruders entered the house of a 75-year-old man around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Officials said 23-year-old Gypsy Watts had a gun, and the homeowner shot and killed him. Investigators tell us Watts and a 16-year-old boy broke into the man’s house, hoping to steal his prescription medications.

11/15/2013

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Debunking Some Medical Myths About Vitamin D

As the days are getting shorter we’re getting less sunlight. We hear a lot about Vitamin D and how it’s good for our skin, but there’s also plenty of myths out there about it. Dr. Jess Prischmann joined the WCCO This Morning show to address the truth about some misconceptions with Vitamin D.

11/14/2013

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