Jackson Hospital advances awareness on Cervical Cancer risks


For Immediate Release
Contact:  Amy Milton

Jackson Hospital advances awareness on Cervical Cancer risks
The Cancer Care team led by Oncologists Dr. Tom Brown and Dr. Steven Stokes update the community

February 18, 2019, Marianna, FL.     Jackson Hospital recently held a special lunch and learn to raise awareness on the risks of cervical cancer.  The community event concluded January as Cervical Cancer Awareness month.

Medical Oncologist Dr. Tom Brown and Radiation Oncologist Dr. Steven Stokes presented the latest scientific research on cervical cancer risk reduction and prevention.  They emphasized that Cervical Cancer is a preventable cancer caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).  About 80% of Americans are carriers of the virus.

There has been a vaccine available to young adults and this month the US Food & Drug Administration approved a vaccine for administration to adults up to age 45.  In Florida, about half of young adults in the dosing age range have taken the vaccine.

The bottom line message relayed by the physicians was get an annual physical along with age-appropriate health screenings and get the HPV vaccine to prevent this form of cancer.

Jackson Hospital recently welcomed Dr. Tom Brown to its Medical Staff.  Dr. Brown is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.  He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Texas Medical Branch.  Dr. Brown specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of blood disorders and cancers from his practice in Suite 101 of the Hudnall Building, 4230 Hospital Drive, Marianna.  Dr. Brown can be reached at (850) 526-6707.

Dr. Steven Stokes is a Radiation Oncologist at North Florida Cancer Care.  He attended Auburn University on a Naval ROTC scholarship and following graduation, was an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, subsequently serving in the Marine Corps in the reconnaissance team as a platoon and company commander with Vietnam service.  Dr. Stokes’ practice is located across from Jackson Hospital at 3031 Carters Mill Road in Marianna.  He can be reached at (850) 526-2104.

Jackson Hospital is pleased to have high caliber, board certified Oncologists leading its cancer care services.  The hospital offers emergency, general medicine, and specialty healthcare to the community, hurricane recovery workers, and families relocating to the area. Located at 4250 Hospital Drive, Marianna, FL, the hospital has over 109 physicians on staff, 31 of whom have active Medial Staff privileges.  For information on hospital services, visit www.jackson-hosp.com.  To find a physician, please call Rachel Toliver at (850) 718-2629.

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 About Jackson Hospital

Jackson Hospital is an award-winning facility and is proud of its most recent recognition:  The Florida Department of Health’s Hepatitis B birth dose honor roll.  The hospital holds awards in Reducing Harm Across the Board (FHA), Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital (iVantage), the first hospital in Florida’s panhandle for achieving an early elective delivery rate less than 5% (The March of Dimes and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists), Blue Distinctive Center+ for Maternity Care designation, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program (Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association).  The hospital was named in The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals:  Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Surgical Care, Immunization, and Perinatal Care

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