Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to Host Free Cancer Screening Event for Southwest Mississippi Residents

NATCHEZ, Miss. – With a focus on early detection, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is offering FREE cancer screenings for communities across southwest Mississippi. Residents are invited to Rex Team Sports (305 Sgt. Prentiss Drive, Natchez) on Friday, November 17 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. This no-cost screening event, part of the Cancer Center’s innovative Prevention on the Go program, will include screenings for breast, colorectal, prostate and skin cancers.

While some walk-ups can be accommodated, appointments are strongly encouraged. To schedule a screening please call (601) 202-5056.

“Making sure you are up to date on your routine, annual cancer screenings is the best way to detect cancer as early as possible, potentially improving outcomes,” said Cryshel Richard, regional manager, early detection and education, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “We encourage residents to take advantage of the convenience and comfortability provided by our mobile medical units without having to leave their community.”

Through the use of the Cancer Center’s mobile medical clinics, the Mary Bird Perkins team travels throughout Louisiana, and since 2020, Southwest Mississippi, to serve thousands of participants each year. These events are supported by local partners to provide residents with greater access to cancer screenings.

Natchez is home to one of 10 Mary Bird Perkins locations throughout Louisiana and southwest Mississippi. In 2019, the organization assumed responsibility for the Cancer Center to expand its level of care for patients across the region. Through this transition, residents across Adams County and in surrounding communities have gained access to Mary Bird Perkins’ extensive and precise radiation oncology treatments, early detection services and supportive care.

The facility recently underwent a $300,000 renovation, completed in 2022, providing interior and exterior enhancements that allow patients to receive the advanced care that has been a hallmark of Mary Bird Perkins for more than 50 years. For more information on this location, visit


About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is a regional cancer care organization that has been fighting cancer for more than 50 years. The cancer care organization provides care at 10 centers in Baton Rouge, Covington, Gonzales, Hammond, Houma, Opelousas, Slidell, and Natchez, Mississippi, and its service area encompasses southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi regions. Mary Bird Perkins has a strategic affiliation with OneOncology and the largest radiation and medical oncology groups from across the area including exclusive partnerships with Southeastern Louisiana Radiation Oncology Group, which provides radiation therapy throughout Mary Bird Perkins’ service areas, Northshore Oncology Associates, serving St. Tammany and Washington Parishes, specifically the communities of Covington and Slidell and Louisiana Hematology Oncology Associates, which services the Greater Baton Rouge area. For more information, please visit