In a recent report by the American Cancer Society, the rate of cancer deaths in the United States saw the sharpest decline on record from 2016 to 2017. Louisiana parallels this trend with mortality rates from cancer decreasing by 3.2 percent in 2015 and 4.5 percent in 2016.
Early detection of cancer can play a significant role in continuing the trend of cancer deaths declining. Screening and education to promote early diagnosis greatly increases the chances for successful treatment. That is why Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is dedicated to providing prevention, education and early detection services throughout Southeast Louisiana. The Prevention on the Go community and workplace programs provide screenings in convenient locations with patient navigator follow-up, if needed.
In 2019, the Cancer Center coordinated 253 screening events with 6,709 people screened. Nearly 900 of these individuals were assisted by a patient navigator because of abnormal findings and 64 were diagnosed with cancer. Since 2002, more than 90,000 screenings have been provided at no cost to participants, thanks to generous donors.
Remember, early detection saves lives. See the stats below for a breakdown of screenings throughout Southeast Louisiana and in your community:To see a breakdown of each Cancer Center location, click the following links:
Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center (Baton Rouge area)
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Gonzales
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Hammond
Mary Bird Perkins TGMC Cancer Center (Houma area)
Mary Bird Perkins is proud to expand our successful Prevention on the Go program to the Natchez community in 2020.
To see when our next screening event will be coming near you, visit our screenings and event calendar.