Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to Host Free Cancer Screenings Across Northeast Louisiana

MONROE, La. – Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is hosting a pair of FREE cancer screening events in communities across the Delta Region. Early detection is key when it comes to cancer diagnosis and
treatment, so residents are encouraged to come out and take advantage of these free breast, colorectal, prostate and skin cancer screenings.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center invites residents to participate in the following events:

August 18, 2022| 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Walmart Supercenter, 6091 Mer Rouge Road in Bastrop
August 19, 2022 | 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Doug’s IGA Street, 400 East Darrow in Tallulah

These events are being offered through Mary Bird Perkins’ innovative Prevention on the Go program, a program designed to provide education and early detection services in locations where people live,
work, worship, shop and play. Through the use of the Cancer Center’s mobile medical clinics, the Mary Bird Perkins team travels throughout Louisiana and Southwest Mississippi to serve thousands of participants each year. In the Delta Region, these events are supported by local partners in an effort to provide Northeast Louisiana residents with greater access to cancer screenings.

“We are overcome with gratitude for the support we’ve received in Northeast Louisiana,” said Myra Gatling-Akers, regional manager, early detection and education, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “Through Prevention on the Go, we have been able to provide cancer screenings to residents who have never before been screened for cancer. With continued support from our community, we’ll have even more opportunities to screen residents within our most rural and underserved communities.”

Appointments are required for all screenings. If an abnormality is found, a nurse navigator will assist screening participants with next steps. To make an appointment, please call (318) 414-9758.

For more information on these events or to access the Cancer Center’s full screenings schedule, please 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 eight centers in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Houma, Gonzales, and Natchez, Mississippi, and its service area encompasses southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi regions. Mary Bird Perkins has a strategic partnership 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