Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to Provide Free Colorectal Cancer Screening Kits to the Monroe Community During June

(Monroe, La.)Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and the Monroe Housing Authority, is providing free, convenient access to colorectal cancer screening kits during the month of June. Discovering cancers in their earliest stage through screenings can help lead to better outcomes, making it extremely important for the community to get screened for appropriate cancers.

Following is the distribution schedule:

  • Wednesday, June 9, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Johnson Carver Terrace-Family Housing, 31 Carroll Drive, Monroe, LA 71202
  • Wednesday, June 16, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Robinson Place Family Housing, 1207 Milliken St., Monroe, LA 71202

All screenings and colorectal screening kits are available to those who have not been screened in the past 12 months.

For more information on screenings, partnering with Mary Bird Perkins or if you have any questions, contact Myra Gatling-Akers at 318-376-6972 or

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


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

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation works each day to improve the health and lives of Louisianians by empowering everyday people to do extraordinary good. By building and funding coalitions of friends, families and neighbors, the Foundation hopes to build a healthier Louisiana, particularly for its children. The Foundation is funded solely by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, but is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity. For more information, visit