HealthWatch: Skin Cancer as a Warning

MEDFORD, Ore.  —  One out of every 5 people in the United States has non-lethal skin cancer. It’s the most common cancer in the United States. But a new study says it’s not just a problem:  it’s a forecast. Researchers in the U. K. compared more than 500,000 people with  a history of non-melanoma skin … Continue reading »

“Tumor Hater” Continues Fight

MEDFORD, Ore. – More than a year ago, NewsWatch12 introduced you to a Medford woman who calls herself a “tumor hater”. At the time, Kelly Sullivan was raising money to pay for bills piling up because of her medical condition, which involved hundreds of tumors. Some of Kelly Sullivan’s benign tumors can be seen pushing … Continue reading »

Providence Monitoring Prescribed Meds

MEDFORD, Ore. — In Oregon, prescription pain medications have been involved in more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, which is why ER physicians across the state are adopting guidelines to keep opiates out of the wrong hands. Providence Medford Medical Center says it has been using similar guidelines for about three years now. … Continue reading »

Flowers of Hope For Cancer Survivors

MEDFORD, Ore. — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The month may be ending soon, but for local breast cancer patients, support in their fight comes year round. They’re just shards and scraps of glass, but the big picture is a lot more. Back in 2007, Ruth Klaus was diagnosed with breast cancer. Before her … Continue reading »

Cancer Survivors Walking For Support

MEDFORD, Ore. – October is dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer, urging women to get their annual mammograms and perform self-checks, but for the many local women fighting breast cancer the subject is never far from the mind. Once a week, a wave of pink moves through the Rogue Valley Mall. More than a … Continue reading »

Making A Difference As A Volunteer

MEDFORD, Ore. – Providence Medford Medical Center is once again looking for volunteers for its Hospice/Connections Volunteer Program. It’s a service that can make a big difference for someone facing a life-limiting illness. Leah Rodgers is a Providence Connections client and she is battling breast cancer for a second time. This time it’s spread to … Continue reading »

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

MEDFORD, Ore. – One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer sometime during their life. The key to surviving the cancer is an early diagnosis, which is why October is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness. This month, health professionals are reminding you to do three things: Get an annual mammogram after turning forty, … Continue reading »

Skin Cancer Screening In Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. – Millions of people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year and the uninsured and under-insured are not exempt; that’s why Community Health Center is holding free skin cancer screenings. The screening is looking for uninsured or under-insured patients, who have fair hair and skin, who have a history of tanning bed use … Continue reading »

Providence Switches To Digital Records

MEDFORD, Ore. – All 12 Providence medical clinics in Jackson County are now electronic. That means all patient health records have been moved to an electronic data base. The change to the software, called “Epic”, was more than a year in the making and officials say it will make things much easier for both the … Continue reading »

New Ultrasound Machines At Asante

MEDFORD, Ore. – Asante hospitals have installed new, state-of-the-art machines to not only better diagnose patients, but to do it faster and safer. More than a dozen of Toshiba’s newest ultrasound systems are now being used in Southern Oregon. “The machine has a component that allows us to act as if we are in the … Continue reading »

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