RHINELANDER - Many people want to know if they are likely to get cancer. Now you can have your blood tested to see if you're likely to get breast cancer and only one Northwoods hospital can give you that answer.
Ministry St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander offers BRCA gene testing. The gene can be mutated and that can lead to a greater risk of breast or ovarian cancer.
"The mutation arching comes from both our parents, our mothers and our fathers. Breast cancer is not only affecting women, it does affect men," says Rebecca Fix, St. Mary's Women's Health Nurse Practitioner.
Doctors say that's why ALL people who have family history of breast cancer should be tested. Many insurance plans cover the price of the test, or part of it. Payment plans are also possible. When the results are in, the hospital can help with further treatment.
"There are certain steps that we can take to monitor and do continued surveillance and everything can be done right here with Ministry," says Fix.
This includes more frequent mammograms to surgery, if needed. In the past year, about 20 people have taken advantage of the testing.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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