The Health Service Authority is hosting a symposium focused on women’s health today (4 March). The symposium is an annual event hosted in honor of International Women’s Day, which takes place 8 March. Two doctors from Baptist Health South Florida will be making presentations at the symposium.
Dr. Troy Gatcliffe, gynecological oncologist, will be focusing on cancer in pregnancy. Dr.Gatcliffe notes that this is a rare occurrence. When it does happen the most common form of cancer is breast cancer. Second to that is cervical cancer. He notes that there are different treatment methods for both the mother and the baby. Treatment is dependent of the type and stage of the cancer.
Dr. Daniel Martinez, a urologist, will be focusing on Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD). FSD is covers issues that cause a dysfunction of the sexual experience. Women are more likely to deal with sexual dysfunction then men are. Despite this there has been little treatment options. The “Pink Pill” or otherwise called the female Viagra is the first FDA approved treatment for women. Unlike Viagra, which focuses on blood flow, the Pink Pill deals with the brains and neurotransmitters. Dr. Martinez notes that its introduction opens the door for more treatment options.
Both doctors says they are grateful for the opportunity to raise awareness of both health issues, which they say are both “underrepresented” and “misunderstood”.
Other topics to be discussed at the symposium include assisted reproduction, adoption, hormone treatment, body image, eating disorder, and female genital reconstruction.
The symposium is open to both medical professionals and the public. CME credits will be awarded. Refreshments, snacks and lunch will be provided.
Women’s Health Symposium
- Friday 4 March
- 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Family Life Centre