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

Monroe, La. – Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is hosting a series 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 and colorectal cancer screening opportunities.

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

  • May 2, 2022 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

           Mac’s Fresh Market, 520 Lincoln Road in Monroe

  •  May 11, 2022 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

           Catahoula Parish Courthouse, 301 Bushley Street in Harrisonburg

  • May 18, 2022 | 9:00am – 2:00p.m.

           Ferriday Market, 2214 EE Wallace Boulevard in Ferriday

  •  May 25, 2022 | 10:00am – 1:00p.m.

          K&S Drugs, 802 Adams Street in Winnsboro

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 clinic, 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 and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana in an effort to provide Northeast Louisiana residents with greater access to cancer screenings.

“We are overwhelmed by the support we have received here in Northeast Louisiana,” said Myra Gatling-Akers, regional manager, early detection and education, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “Over the past year, through Prevention on the Go and with the support of our local Northeast Louisiana partners, we have had the opportunity to screen residents who had never before been screened for cancer. We’ll continue to raise awareness and conduct outreach in some of our most rural and underserved communities. We know that by working together, with the support of our community partners, we’ll triumph over cancer.”

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