It is "Pink October" once again, but this time it comes with a pandemic. We all have been so stressed out and preoccupied with so many other worries for the past 7 months, that we have been neglecting our routine screenings.
The National Cancer Institute estimates that delayed diagnoses due to the pandemic could result in 10,000 additional deaths from breast and colorectal cancers in the next 10 years.
The healthcare community has seen that many patients are fearful to go to medical facilities and hospitals over concerns of catching an illness. The result is a delay in care and the possibility of diagnosing cancer at a later stage.
So, what should you do? You should certainly seek an immediate evaluation from your doctor if you have ANY of these breast symptoms:
-redness or warmth
-lump or pain
If you are a healthy individual, especially if you are under the age of 65, you should be seeing your healthcare providers like you normally do each year. If you are at high risk for complications of Covid, you may be able to have a virtual visit with your doctor to see what the next step should be.
Most healthcare facilities are taking extra precautions to keep patients safe. At our office, we are: questioning all those entering the building, enforcing wearing a mask, sterilizing all surfaces and equipment after each patient, and adhering to social distancing.
We are available to perform your mammogram at our Clay Street office location Monday through Friday. It is typically a quick 15 minute procedure performed by the mammography technician, and read remotely by the board certified radiologist. Call 407-644-5371 to schedule your appointment.
Great news for those of you that live near the Oviedo/Winter Springs area of Central Florida! Many of the doctors in our group have started practicing at the new Oviedo Medical Center. We are doing deliveries (both scheduled sections and vaginal ), as well as surgery procedures including hysterectomies and minor gyn cases. Our Gyn Oncologists Dr Bryant and Dr Seward are doing surgeries there as well.
The hospital is also offering maternity classes, including: childbirth, breast-feeding and newborn care. If you are interested in delivering at this hospital, talk to your providers when you are in the office and request more information about whether this would be a good place for you. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you will likely still want to deliver at Winnie Palmer Hospital.
We are excited to welcome our new cancer specialist to Women's care Florida! Dr. Christopher Bryant is a gynecologic oncologist specializing in surgery, treatment and research for female conditions including reproductive cancers (ovarian, endometrial, cervical and others), and robotic surgery. In his own words:
"My family and I love living in Florida. Together we boat on the chain of lakes. We cheer on the Orlando Pride. We ride Hulk at Universal more than the average person should. We face my fears on Disney’s Tower of Terror. There’s not a restaurant in Dr. Phillips we haven’t tried. We even wear our jackets in 70 degree weather. When you love what you have, and love what you do, you have everything you need."
He is an amazing surgeon who we have had the pleasure of working with for several years at Winnie Palmer Hospital. We feel very fortunate to be able to refer our patients to him as part of our Women's Care Florida group. We know that you will love him as much as we do!
Dr Bryant is seeing patients at our multi-specialty center in Baldwin Park. Call us for a referral.
We would like to welcome Dr. Shannon Hahn to our practice!
Dr. Hahn was born in Orlando and grew up in Titusville, Florida. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami and was a four year recipient of the King Henry Stanford scholarship. He received his Medical Degree in 2013 from St. George’s University where he again finished Magna Cum Laude and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies where he was selected to serve as Chief Resident. While there, he was honored as the recipient of the Robert Bowles Excellence in Medicine Award, Best Resident in Gynecological Oncology Award and the CAPI Best Resident Award in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Hahn has a commitment for providing the highest quality care for women and specializes in general obstetrics and gynecology. His special interests include high risk obstetrics and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, utilizing both laparoscopic and DaVinci Robotic approaches.
Dr. Hahn joined our group in 2017. He enjoys going to theme parks and the beach in his free time. Dr. Hahn resides in Lake Nona with his wife. He practices exclusively at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, and cares for patients at our Winter Park and Lake Nona offices.