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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 21. Jul, 2014 | 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

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Friends, Family and Kaiser Permanente Help Sandra Mendez Take Control of Her Health

Posted by in Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 07. Jul, 2014 | 1 Comment

In 2010, Sandra Mendez of La Mirada, California was feeling very sick and sought help from Kaiser Permanente’s La Palma Medical Office where Diane Pham, MD, found she was pre-diabetic and therefore at increased risk for heart attack and stroke. With an elevated blood sugar level, high-blood pressure and a family history of diabetes, Sandra knew her situation was serious. … more

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

Posted by in Excellent Care, Get To Know Us, Prevention on 30. Jun, 2014 | 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

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

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 30. Jun, 2014 | 0 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

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Barely Six Months Into Pregnancy, an Appointment for a Stomachache Brings an Unexpected Delivery

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 05. May, 2014 | 0 Comments

When Tisha Arroyo and her husband went to the emergency room for a stomachache, they weren’t expecting to have a baby. Tisha had just hit the six-month milestone, an entire 15 weeks shy of a full-term pregnancy. Shortly after being admitted, Tisha’s care team at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center informed her that her upset stomach was not what she … more

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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 12. Mar, 2014 | 0 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

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Joanne Schottinger,MD Discusses Colon Cancer Prevention

Posted by in Excellent Care, Get To Know Us, Prevention on 12. Mar, 2014 | 2 Comments

Colon cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer … more

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Southern California Flu Coordinators: Keeping Members Safe

Posted by in Excellent Care, Get To Know Us, Prevention on 12. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

The importance of the flu vaccine cannot be underestimated, and preparing for flu season is a year-round job for Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California flu coordinators. Being a flu coordinator is a big job, but each year these staff members take on additional responsibilities to keep Kaiser Permanente members safe from the influenza virus. In addition to their normal daytime responsibilities … more

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Home Screening Test Saves Al Prado’s Life

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 10. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

Colorado native Al Prado admits he has a stubborn side. But during a routine physical, his Kaiser Permanente physician Sue Williams, MD, convinced him to mail in his at-home Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) to screen for colon cancer. Al kept his commitment—and just in time. When the FIT results came back positive, Al agreed to a follow-up colonoscopy. During the … more

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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 05. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

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