KFF Health News September 29, 2023
Arielle Zionts

Emily Gebel was trying to figure out why she was having trouble breastfeeding. That’s when she felt a lump.

Gebel, a mother of two, went to her primary care doctor in Juneau, Alaska, who referred her for testing, she said.

Her 9-month-old was asleep in her arms when she got the results.

“I got the call from my primary care nurse telling me it was cancer. And I remember I just sat there for probably at least another half an hour or so and cried,” Gebel said.

Juneau, the state capital, has about 31,700 residents, who are served by the city-owned Bartlett Regional Hospital. But Gebel said she has several friends who have also had cancer, all of whom recommended...

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