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Mary Bird Perkins to Host Free Screening Event in Partnership with Hispanic Apostolate of The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, through its Prevention on the Go program, will host free cancer screenings, on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Hispanic Apostolate of the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, 6380 Hooper Road. Residents of East Baton Rouge Parish and surrounding communities are invited to take advantage of this no-cost screening opportunity.

Eligible participants can be screened for four types of cancer, including breast, colorectal, prostate and skin cancers at no out-of-pocket cost. To make an appointment, call (225) 425-8034.

“Through Prevention on the Go, the Cancer Center aims to provide critical early detection resources to underserved communities,” said Heather Johnson, director, early detection and outreach, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “The health and success of our entire region stands to benefit when access to free and convenient cancer screenings is made available. We thank our generous supporters who help make these services available.”

Free clinical breast exams will be performed by a physician or nurse practitioner for women 18 and older. Screening mammograms will be available for women 40 and older who do not have a doctor and have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months. Insurance will be billed for mammograms; there will be no charge for women without insurance.

Prostate screenings will include a PSA blood test and physical exam performed by a physician for men 45 and older who do not have a doctor or who have not been screened for prostate cancer in the past 12 months. Visual skin cancer exams will be available to those who have not had a physician perform a skin screening in the past 12 months.

Easy-to-use take-home colorectal cancer screening kits will be also distributed. Men and women age 45 and older who have not been screened for colorectal cancer in the past 12 months are eligible.

This is the fifth year Mary Bird Perkins and the Hispanic Apostolate of the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge have partnered to promote and provide preventative health initiatives to members of the Spanish-speaking community.

“For a variety of reasons – from lack of insurance to the language barrier – many in our Hispanic community don’t always have information or access to routine health screenings,” said Julia Scarnato, executive director, Hispanic Apostolate of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. “I urge them to take advantage of this opportunity generously provided by Mary Bird Perkins.”

Translators will be available on-site during the screening event.

Learn more about Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and find other screening opportunities near you by visiting marybird.org/events.

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 www.marybird.org.