After Three Close Calls With Melanoma, Mac Knows the Value of Sun Safety and Regular Checkups

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 24. Jul, 2017 | 4 Comments

Most of Adelbert “Mac” McIntyre’s life has been spent in the sun. Between his day job laying gas pipelines and his free time spent on the San Diego beaches, Mac found both his life’s work and his relaxation in the sunshine. All of that direct sunlight took a toll on Mac’s body, and when it came time for a routine … more

Seven Years After Being Diagnosed With Colon Cancer, Elsie Garcia is in Full Remission and Thriving

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 13. Mar, 2017 | 10 Comments

Sixty seven-year-old Elsie Garcia has always taken cancer prevention seriously. Each year when Kaiser Permanente mailed her an at-home colon cancer screening test, she completed it immediately and looked forward to clear results. In 2007, Elsie’s results came back positive. The at-home screening, called a fecal immunochemical test (FIT), uses a stool sample to detect a wide array of colon … more

Young Father-of-Three Changes Lifestyle after “Warning Shot” Heart Attack

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 27. Feb, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s well-known heart disease is the No. 1 health-related killer of Americans. But not so well known is that Hispanics and Latinos face even higher risks of cardiovascular diseases. That’s because they have a higher likelihood of having high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Isaac Plasencio of Broomfield, Colo. experienced this reality first-hand. One night in December 2014, he started … more

In-Home Test Saves Kaiser Permanente Member’s Life

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Featured, Prevention on 09. Nov, 2016 | 0 Comments

Year after year, Kathy Hall didn’t hesitate when it arrived in her mailbox. “All I had to do was open the mail and follow the directions. It’s a simple test and one that saved my life,” said Kathy. Kathy, a Kaiser Permanente member in Colorado, is referring to the fecal immunochemical test – or FIT test — a simple, in-home … more

Sonny Espinoza Adopts Healthy Habits to Keep Prediabetes At Bay

Posted by in Featured, Prevention on 02. Nov, 2015 | 3 Comments

Lorenzo “Sonny” Espinoza wasn’t surprised to find out he was prediabetic; diabetes runs in both sides of his family, and he wasn’t exactly living a healthy lifestyle. Before he retired, Sonny was working as a transmission specialist for a telecommunications company. He worked many early mornings and late nights and drove about 30 miles each way to work, relying daily … more

Stephenie Griggs Receives Support From Her Care Team Following Double Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 19. Oct, 2015 | 1 Comment

After receiving her breast cancer diagnosis, Stephenie Griggs knew she had some decisions to make. “I made the choice to get a double mastectomy because I wanted the cancer out of my body.” Following her mastectomy, Stephenie consulted with plastic surgeon Brad McDowell, MD, to learn about all her options, and ultimately decided to proceed with breast reconstruction. “I was excited to … more

Kaiser Permanente’s Focus on Prevention Helped Detect Geborah Goldberger’s Early Stage Breast Cancer

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 05. Oct, 2015 | 0 Comments

Geborah Goldberger, PhD, is family therapist, a mom of 10 and a Medicare member at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. And thanks to Kaiser Permanente’s persistence and its focus on prevention through regular screenings, Geborah is a breast cancer survivor. In the process of signing up for Kaiser Permanente, Geborah was asked to complete a series of screenings, and she … more

Kaiser Permanente Dermatologist Amy Reisenauer, MD, Explains the Risk of Melanoma

Posted by in Excellent Care, Prevention on 20. Jul, 2015 | 0 Comments

Amy Reisenauer, MD, is a dermatologist at Kaiser Permanente’s Kihei Medical Office in Hawaii. As a doctor, she sees first-hand the exploding rates of skin cancer, especially in young people. According to Dr. Reisenauer, melanoma is the third most common type of skin cancer, and it is also the most deadly. Nearly 9,000 men and women die every year from … more

More than 20 Years After His First Brush with Melanoma, Ron Verhoff Beats Skin Cancer a Second Time

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 13. Jul, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ron Verhoff, 71, first heard of melanoma when doctors found an irregularly shaped mole on the back of his ear in 1991. At the time, Ron’s melanoma didn’t seem to be cause for much alarm. “They cut it out, did a skin graft, and sent me out the door,” remembered Ron. “I basically forgot about it after that.” It wasn’t … more

At-Home Screening Test Allowed Sherry Jansma’s Doctors to Find Colon Cancer Before it Spread

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 09. Mar, 2015 | 1 Comment

At first, San Diego native Sherry Jansma paid no mind to the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) that Kaiser Permanente mailed to her house to screen for colon cancer. After all, her previous screening tests had come back clear, and she had no family history of cancer. After a few days, Sherry reminded herself that Kaiser Permanente recommends adults age 50 … more