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Preventive Medicine

November 3, 2016

Routine Exam Leads to Successful Tonsil Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

When Gary Pearson went in for a routine physical required by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to maintain his commercial driving privileges, he left with much more than a renewed driver’s license. The 58-year-old departed his appointment with an urgent directive from the nurse practitioner that examined him to see his primary care doctor. The […]

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Tags: Claudia Swanton, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, otorhinolaryngology, Preventive Medicine, radiation therapy


September 1, 2013

Eluding the ‘Widow Maker’: The Checkup that Saved His Life

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss

“You have to go to know.” George Roberts will tell you he’s a busy man — too busy to worry about a physical. As vice president of a Florida-based road construction and contracting company and chair of two industry groups, he’s got a lot to oversee. Taking time for a doctor’s visit wasn’t on his […]

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March 21, 2013

He Said, She Said: How One Couple Battled Colon Cancer Together

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss

Sue Willingham remembers the May 2010 day well. She was getting ready to take her two children to school. But before leaving the house, she did what any mom might – use the restroom. But then she noticed she’d lightly soiled her undergarments. Only she didn’t remember it happening. At 45, Willingham was the picture […]

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Tags: 1136, 2246, 3719, 5275, 5334, colo-rectal cancer, colon, Colon Cancer, colonoscopy, MayoClinicFL


December 2, 2012

Routine Executive Health exam leads to cancer diagnosis

By Margaret Shepard Margaret Shepard

Marilyn Dobski is happy to be able to spend time with her grandchildren following successful cancer treatment at Mayo Clinic.

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Tags: 2298, 5268, Executive Health Program, Marilyn Dobski, Mayo Clinic, thyroid cancer


October 17, 2011

Suzanne Vela: The Flu Shot Could Save Your Life

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard

In mid-February, 2011, flu-like symptoms caused Suzanne Vela to leave work early to try to recover quickly from fatigue and a persistent cough. Several days of rest at home did not seem to improve her symptoms and Javier Vela, Suzanne’s husband, decided to take her to the Mayo Clinic Hospital Emergency department on February 14th. […]

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Tags: 5280, 5281, 5311, 5333, acute respiratory distress syndrome, ARDS, Arizona, flu shot, influenza, influenza shot, Mayo Clinic, Patient Story


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