Tallulah - Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, is providing free, convenient access to breast and skin cancer screenings and colorectal cancer screening kits to the Tallulah community.
Discovering cancers in their earliest stage through screenings can help lead to better outcomes, making it extremely important for the community to get screened according to the recommended guidelines, officials said.
The screenings will take place on Thurs., Aug. 5, from 8:30 a.m. until noon at Doug’s IGA, located at 400 E. Darrow St., in Tallulah. In addition, free food boxes will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis in partnership with the Blue Cross Foundation, to all individuals who attend the screening event or receive a screening kit.
Screening mammograms will be available for women 40 and older who have not received a mammogram in the last 12 months. In addition, free breast exams will be performed by a clinician for women 18 and older.
All colorectal screening kits are available to those who have not been screened in the past 12 months and who are 45 years or older. A visual examination will be performed by a physician for all skin cancer screenings.
Registration is required for all screening kits pick-ups and examinations. To reserve a screening kit or make a reservation, calls may be directed to (318) 414-9758.
During COVID-19, the Cancer Center has taken steps to ensure the safety of both participants and staff. A number of practices are in place to ensure the safety of everyone, such as increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting practices for high-touch areas and appointments for all screenings to ensure social distancing. Masks will be required for this event.
To learn more about the precautions the Cancer Center is taking or to learn more about our community screening program, visit marybird.org/services/get-screened.
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is a regional cancer care organization that has been fighting cancer for almost 50 years. The cancer care organization provides care at nine centers in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Houma, Gonzales, Zachary and Natchez, Mississippi, and its service area encompasses southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi regions. For more information, please visit www.marybird.org.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation works each day to improve the health and lives of Louisianians by empowering everyday people to do extraordinary good. By building and funding coalitions of friends, families and neighbors, the Foundation hopes to build a healthier Louisiana, particularly for its children. The Foundation is funded solely by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, but is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity. For more information, visit bcbslafoundation.org.