When it comes to women’s health, it takes a village. That was clear from the outset, as a diverse panel of health experts addressed a sold-out luncheon on September 20, 2017. Dr. Kyrin Dunston, Physician Owner, Precision Women’s Health, moderated, as Rebecca Cowens-Alvarado: Executive Director, TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, Dr. Benedict Benigno: Founder & CEO of the Ovarian Cancer Institute, Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Northside Hospital, Dr. Elmore Alexander: Medical Director at SmartPlex ATL and Dr. Brenda Paulen: Dentist/Owner, ProudSmiles Dental shared their insights.
Each panelist shared similar advice from various wellness perspectives, encouraging women to take ownership of their own wellness, using their medical team as extremely knowledgeable advisors, but not expecting wellness to be solely their physicians’ responsibility.
The panelists shared what they hope women can do to empower themselves, from knowing where to get information (using more vetted sites such as Mayo Clinic over a popular site such as WebMD, for the quick informative overview of symptoms) to making the time for annual exams, including dental exams which are early indicators of numerous serious illnesses.
The panel addressed questions about many things health care does not cover and agreed that relying on insurance to cover 100% of what is required for personal wellness is never a sound plan. The silver lining was that when we practice prevention and make health and wellness a priority, not an afterthought, our lives are improved, and our finances can flourish too.
By Stacey Ruth