"Conquering Cancers that Hit Below the Belt" is focus of free program on Tuesday, September 19

September 13, 2017

Some cancers hit below the belt. Gynecological cancer is one of them. With September being Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, St. Francis is focusing on educating the community about how to detect these cancers in their earliest stages.

Dr. Gregory Sfakianos is the region’s only Gynecologic Oncologist, a specialist who treats cancers of the female reproductive organs. On Tuesday, September 19, he’ll be leading a free seminar on “Conquering cancers that hit below the belt.”  It’s from 12-1 pm in the Sara Ruth Carroll Auditorium in the Butler Pavilion at St. Francis. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP by Monday afternoon.

Due to limited space, reservations are required by calling 706.320.8060 or by emailing PrimeTime@sfhga.com

An estimated 98,280 new cases of the five most common gynecologic cancers are projected for 2017 in the U.S., including ovarian, cervical, uterine, vulvar and vaginal. Screening and regular self-examinations can result in the detection of these cancers in the earliest stages.

“We use the catch phrase ‘listen’ because it whispers,” said Dr. Sfakianos. “Patients may have vague abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, distension, changes in their bowel habits, usually with constipation, or maybe more frequent urination. Being aware of symptoms and knowing what screenings to have are essential in catching these cancers early.”

Dr. Sfakianos is also one of two keynote speakers at an event later this month entitled “Women at War: Conquering Cancer,” an event sponsored by Southern Teal, a 501(c)(3) non-profit Gynecological Oncology Research and Educational Foundation established to raise community awareness, promote education and offer support to cancer patients under the care of Dr. Gregory Sfakianos. The event is on Friday, September 29, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the National Infantry Museum.  Also featured is Major General William Steele, with Dee Armstrong and Sam Beman as emcees.  There will be a silent auction, cash bar, and dancing, with tickets costing $30. For more information on this event or to purchase a ticket, people should visit www.wawcc2017.eventbrite.com