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From left, Spectrum Health Lakeland Oncology Genetic Counselor Samantha Witt, Family Nurse Practitioner Kathryn Vera and Director of Oncology Services Barbara Schmidtman are part of a new high-risk cancer program housed in the Center for Outpatient Services.

ST. JOSEPH — More than 15,000 women in Berrien County could develop breast cancer during their lives.

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On average, 157 new cases are diagnosed locally each year, making it the second most common cancer here, according to Spectrum Health Lakeland.

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From left, Barbara Schmidtman, Spectrum Health Lakeland director of oncology services, Kathryn Vera, a family nurse practitioner, and Samantha Witt, Lakeland’s first oncology genetic counselor, are part of a new high-risk cancer program available in St. Joseph.

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