(Covington, La.) – Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington is providing free, convenient access to breast cancer screenings and colorectal screening kits during the month of August. Discovering cancers in their earliest stage through screenings can help lead to better outcomes, making it extremely important for individuals to get screened according to the recommended guidelines.
Colorectal screening kits will be provided on Saturday, August 14, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Northshore Food Bank, 125 W. 30th Ave., Covington, LA 70433.
Additional breast cancer screenings and colorectal screening kits will be provided on Thursday, August 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Faith Bible Church, 1148 N. Colombia St., Covington, LA 70433.
All screenings and colorectal screening kits are available to those who have not been screened in the past 12 months. Screening mammograms will be available for women 40 and older and 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. Registration is required for all screening kits pick-ups and examinations. To register, please call (985) 287– 5775.
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 our cleaning and disinfecting practices for high-touch areas and appointments for all screenings to ensure social distancing.
To learn more about the precautions the Cancer Center is taking or to learn more about our community screening program, please visit marybird.org/services/get-screened.
About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is a regional cancer care organization that has been fighting cancer for 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.