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    “Most of the oropharyngeal cancer cases are caused by the HPV virus, rather than smoking and drinking.” Though we hear about the human papillomavirus (HPV) causing cervical cancer in women, this sexually transmitted infection can also cause cancer growth in other areas of the body. The HPV virus is linked to the majority of vulva and vaginal cancer cases in women, over half of penile cancer diagnoses in men, and most anal and oropharyngeal cancer in both men and women. Oropharyngeal cancer, also known a...

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    “The majority of cervical cancer cases that I see are of women who have not had Pap tests routinely." We have come a long way in preventing cervical cancer and catching it early. According to the American Cancer Society, cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer deaths among women. Though that death rate has dropped with increasing screening options, the rate has not changed in the last decade. A woman’s chances of preventing cervical cancer starts with her routine screening exami...

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    With a New Year just underway, many of us have our health top of mind. We want to lose weight, eat better and exercise more, all good intentions. If you have a new insurance carrier, or are new to Medicare, you will also want to be on top of your coverage. It is important to pay attention to what is in-network and what is not, what is covered in full and what is not, what your co-pays will be, and that you understand your prescription plan.  New insurance may also bring you the opportunity to choos...

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    Jason Knack, RN, is selected as McLaren Flint’s employee of the month for December. Knack was recognized on December 20 by hospital leadership. “I am honored, and very surprised to hear about being chosen as employee of the month,” said Knack.   “I appreciate being recognized by hospital leadership as a valued employee. During these extremely difficult times in healthcare, I am proud to be able to offer assistance to patients and coworkers alike. Recognition from hospital leadership creates feeling...

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    Every year for 35 years, Ed Walker, 68, of Lapeer, a now retired teacher, used to read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” to his students on their last day before holiday break. He read the book to remind them what Christmas is all about: the spirit of the season and gift giving should come straight from the heart and true love does not come with a price tag. This holiday season, Walker really wanted to give something of himself to the employees at McLaren Flint and he thought the best way to do that was ...

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    With the winter season upon us, many people have developed the sniffles. Sometimes those sniffles can progress into a full out sinus infection. Sinus infections happen when fluid builds up in the air-filled pockets or sinuses, which allows germs to grow, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Viruses cause most sinus infections, but bacteria can also cause some. Several factors can increase your risk of getting an infection. These include a previous cold, seasonal allergies, smoking...

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    Everyone 6 months of age and older should get an influenza (flu) vaccine every season with rare exception, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). A flu vaccine is needed every year for two reasons. First, a person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time, so an annual flu vaccine is needed for optimal protection. Second, because flu viruses are constantly changing, the composition of flu vaccines is reviewed annually, and vaccines are updated to protect against the viruses th...

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    "It was presented as a low side effect form of treatment and I certainly experienced little side effects from it." A three-year journey for Joshua Story ends with a milestone and a symbolic bell ringing. The 26-year-old from Bay City has finished proton therapy to treat cancer that started in his parotid gland. He also happens to be the 400 th patient at the McLaren Proton Therapy Center . “It feels great to have completed it. Hopefully, I won’t have to come here again,” Story said with a laugh. “I had ...

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    This could have been my little nudge in the right direction to do something greater than myself and to be a benefit to the community.” As many hospitals continue to see staffing shortages, McLaren Flint is able to attract and retain registered nurses with opportunities to continue education. With the hospital already offering current nurses tuition reimbursement, a blossoming partnership between McLaren Health Care and Grand Valley State University (GVSU) has given three nurses at McLaren Flint an addit...

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    A $46 million project is launching to expand the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Flint and the McLaren Proton Therapy Center . Once complete, the projects will allow more patients access to proton therapy, the most advanced radiation therapy available, and bring a more comprehensive approach to cancer care for Genesee County residents and beyond. The expansion is part of McLaren Flint’s continued commitment to grow comprehensive cancer care and ensure a multidisciplinary approach to individualize e...