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Source: Government of Greece

The Consulate General of Greece in York inaugurated 2020 with an important message for women. Together with the Manhattan Chapter #36 of the Daughters of Penelope of the AHEPA family, the Consulate General invited three female experts in the care of gynecologic cancers to inform the public about the importance of prevention and the risks to be avoided by these insidious diseases. The presentation took place within the Consulate General of Greece in New York on January 15th.

The special presentation was delivered by Dr. Lorraine Chrisomalis, Dr. Stella Lymberis and Dr. Katherine Economos on cervical, endometrial and ovarian cancer respectively. All three physicians stressed that these diseases concern us all and stated specific data pointing to the frequency of the cancers. In addition to that, it was made clear that although many of the diseases are asymptomatic our body sends us some signals which first need to be identified by the women themselves before they address their physicians for evaluation and probable treatment. Another important matter emphasized was that prevention saves lives through screening tests and vaccination. In some cases, the diseases can even be eliminated, as long as the population follows basic medical instructions.

A few words on the “Daughters of Penelope”

The Daughters of Penelope is an International Women’s Organization and an affiliate organization of the AHEPA Family (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) founded in 1929. Its mission is to promote the ancient Hellenic ideals and traditions of education, philanthropy, civic responsibility through community service and volunteerism. Today, the Daughters of Penelope is proud to claim more than 400 Chapters in three continents. Over its history, the Daughters of Penelope has strengthened the status of women in society, sheltered the elderly and abused, educated the youth, promoted Hellenic heritage, raised funds for medical research and many others.

Lorraine Chrisomallis is an Assistant Clinical Professor OB/GYN at Northwell Health and specializes in the treatment of cervical cancer. Stella Lymberis specializes in the treatment of endometrial cancer at the Department of Radiation Oncology of NYU Langone Medical Center. Katherine Economos specializes in the treatment of ovarian cancer at the Department of Gynecologic Oncology of New York-Presbyterian Methodist Hospital.

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