Sen. Claire McCaskill opens up after surviving cancer - KCTV5

Sen. Claire McCaskill opens up after surviving cancer

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One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime.   U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill became one of those women. (KCTV5) One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime.  U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill became one of those women. (KCTV5)
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One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. 

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill became one of those women. 

McCaskill spoke to KCTV5 about what she went through. 

“I didn’t cry until I was talking to my kids,” McCaskill said. “When you sense at those moments what you mean to your children, it’s a big deal. And that’s what was hard for me was feeling their fear.” 

In February, the mother of three with no family history of breast cancer went in for a mammogram. 

“The radiologist looked at the film right after it and said, ‘I want you to have more tests done,’” she said. 

The biopsies came back negative. 

The radiologist was not convinced that everything was okay. She was sitting her Washington D.C. office when she received a phone call informing her she had cancer. 

“It’s still a sobering moment,” she said. “It's still a gut check moment. All of a sudden, all of the politics and political infighting didn't seem so important anymore.” 

Through Tumblr, she let the public know she would return to St. Louis for treatment.

It’s clear cancer does not discriminate and affects people on both sides of the aisle. 

“I got a lot of haters out there and there a bunch of people out there who think, I'm just not their cup of tea,” she said. “So to see even my haters send prayers and say nice things, it was really in a weird way, one of the most uplifting moments of my career.”

Three weeks after treatment, she returned to work. 

Now a survivor, McCaskill, she is committed to the cause. 

“I would certainly recommend that people call their doctor and ask them if they do not have insurance,” she said. “Where they can go to get a free mammogram. The Komen Foundation will help them find where to go for a mammogram.”

McCaskill feels lucky her cancer was discovered early.

She says her entire family has learned from the experience. 

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