Health officials reminding women about the importance of early screening for breast cancer in the wake of Thursday’s news that U-S Senator Amy Klobuchar was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer earlier this year. HealthPartners radiologist Dr. Lashonda Soma says early detection saves lives.

“1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime and screening mammograms can help find breast cancers before they’re detected by the patient as a lump or other symptom.”

Klobuchar says doctors found white spots during a routine mammogram in February and she had the cancer removed. More than 250,000 women are diagnosed in the United States each year.