“Mocktails, Manicures and Mammograms” is free program offered by St. Francis on Monday, October 23

October 16, 2017

It’s a night out "for the girls" with Mocktails and manicures offered as well as information on the newest technologies helping physicians find and treat breast cancer more effectively. St. Francis is offering the event at no cost to raise awareness of the importance of mammography during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, observed nationally each October. 

Space is limited and registration required by calling 706.320.8060. Attendees can drop by anytime between 3:30 and 7:30 pm as well as sign up for one of the seminars, being offered at 5:30 pm and 7 pm.  It's in the Butler Pavilion at St. Francis, located at 2300 Manchester Expressway.

“We’re inviting people to this special evening just for the girls, to make getting a mammogram and learning about breast cancer a little easier,” said Tiffany Dean, Director of Imaging Services and the Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Breast Center at St. Francis. “Attendees will enjoy refreshments along with a one-of-a-kind pink Mocktail (that’s a mixed drink without any alcohol), and can have a manicure, visit educational displays, tour the Breast Center, schedule a mammogram and talk with breast specialists.”

There will be two mini-seminars – one starting at 5:30 and the other at 7 pm – featuring:

  • Dr. Charles Scarborough, Breast Surgeon
  • Dr. A.J. Jain, Plastic Surgeon
  • Tiffany Dean, Director of the Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Breast Center at St. Francis

Topics to be covered in the educational displays, seminars and tours include:

  • Why it’s important to know if you have dense breast tissue and what to do about it
  • How to correctly perform breast self-examinations
  • Risk factors for breast cancer
  • How often you should have a mammogram
  • What the latest advances in diagnosis, treatment and recovery include
  • Newest techniques in breast surgery

“I believe everyone woman 40 and over should have a mammogram every year. Mammography saves lives,” said Dr. Scarborough. “The vast majority of patients we see today with early stage breast cancers are going to be cured with appropriate treatment. That’s more the norm than the exception. The earlier the diagnosis of breast cancer, the better the prognosis in the long run.”

Dr. Jain will speak about the newest technology at St. Francis that assists surgeons during reconstruction and newer procedures, such as nipple-saving surgery.  “During complex reconstructive surgery, ensuring adequate perfusion – or blood flow – to tissue is critical to achieving the best possible outcomes and preventing complications,” Dr. Jain said. “By using near-infrared light technology, the SPY Elite technology at St. Francis extends the boundaries of the surgeon’s eye in real-time in the operating room, essentially allowing surgeons to visualize blood flow in large and small vessels in the skin and other soft tissue. Working in concert with the breast surgeon, focusing on skin-sparing and nipple-saving procedures, these technologies are especially helpful. This data-driven technology gives surgeons every advantage in the effort to preserve as much of the breast as possible. And that gives patients peace of mind.”

About the Breast Center

The Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Center for Breast Health at St. Francis is the premier facility in the region dedicated to improving women’s health. Not only was St. Francis first in the region, but first in the state of Georgia to offer diagnostic Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI) and Automated Whole-Breast Ultrasound (AWBUS). St. Francis was also among the first to provide 3-D mammography (tomosynthesis) and a dedicated Breast MRI.

About St. Francis

A part of LifePoint Health, St. Francis is a 376-bed facility that offers a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency room services and is the only area hospital offering open-heart surgery. With more than 2,500 employees, 500+ physicians on the medical staff, and the latest technology, we strive to help you regain and maintain your health. Our overriding goal is to provide you with the best possible care. For more information, visit www.mystfrancis.com.

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