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  • Cancer doesn’t wait for COVID-19. Even though your cancer screenings might look a little different this year, this isn’t the time to delay. Your best chance at detecting breast cancer is your annual mammogram, a diagnostic imaging procedure in which a low-dose X-ray captures images of breast tissue to be examined by a physician for masses and other abnormalities. Regular screenings through mammograms provide the patient and their physician with the best chance to detect breast cancer at an early stage, ...

  • There’s no denying that excess weight undermines good health — and it’s the reason weight loss always ranks among the most popular New Year’s resolutions. There are the countless diets and weight-loss plans — some effective, most less so. For those who need to lose weight and are seeking out methods that work, more people are turning to medical science — and bariatric surgery is a viable option. McLaren Port Huron’s Bariatric Center of Michigan is the Blue Water Area’s leader. The hospital’s bariatric s...

  • McLaren Port Huron was awarded an “A” in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction that recognizes McLaren Port Huron’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safe, compassionate health care. The grade is based on the hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harm to patients in their care, as well as patient experience. “This Leapfrog safety grade is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work...

  • Trains are a holiday tradition at McLaren Port Huron Video of this year's train display If you are unable to make it over to view the train, we've recorded the footage below for you to enjoy. Percy McDonald, MD, has loved trains since he was a little boy growing up in Chicago. For more than 30 years, he’s created a spectacular holiday train exhibit at McLaren Port Huron. It has become a holiday tradition, and a destination point for many families in our community. This year, the train display is in the ...

  • If it's an emergency, don't delay treatment. Across the country, emergency physicians are seeing fewer patients in the ER. Whether it’s a worry about potentially being exposed to the virus, or not wanting to burden the health care system, more people are avoiding the emergency room and putting their health at great risk. “We strongly urge you not to wait and delay treatment out of fear,” says John Brooks, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at McLaren Port Huron. “Our Emergency Room has a screening process to q...

  • Smoking is the leading risk factor for lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, making up almost 25% of all cancer deaths. About 80% of lung cancer deaths are thought to result from smoking. If you currently smoke or were ever a heavy smoker, your chances of developing lung cancer are 25 times higher than a non-smoker. However, if you do develop lung cancer, your chances of successful treatment and survival are much...

  • Cancer doesn’t wait for COVID-19. Even though your cancer screenings might look a little different this year, this isn’t the time to delay. Your best chance at detecting breast cancer is your annual mammogram, a diagnostic imaging procedure in which a low-dose X-ray captures images of breast tissue to be examined by a physician for masses and other abnormalities. Regular screenings through mammograms provide the patient and their physician with the best chance to detect breast cancer at an early stage, ...

  • Cancer genetic counseling could save your life. A family history of cancer can increase your own risk for developing the disease. While most cancers occur by chance, it is estimated that 5-10% of cancer cases are hereditary. The Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Port Huron now offers cancer genetic counseling. This service can help you learn about the impact your personal medical history, family history and genetics may have on your risk of developing cancer, as well as the risk to other family membe...

  • Traumatic injuries are serious emergencies. In St. Clair and Sanilac counties, fall are the biggest cause of trauma cases. Motor vehicle accidents – including cars, motorcycles, ATVs, dirt bikes and boats – are the second biggest cause. Other trauma cases involve animal bites, bicycle accidents and assaults. When serious trauma occurs, the availability of a medical facility that can respond quickly and effectively means the difference between life and death. McLaren Port Huron has taken an important ste...

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, medical emergencies can arise quickly. Although it’s a difficult topic to discuss, wishes for end-of-life care are an important conversation to have with family and loved ones before a medical crisis occurs. Written instructions for the treatment you would like to receive in the event you cannot speak for yourself, called advance directives, are paramount. Advance directives are crucial during a medical emergency. If you were to become ill and hospitalized, it is the hospit...