(Covington, La.) – The Cancer Program of Mary Bird Perkins and St. Tammany Parish Hospital is partnering with Woman’s Hospital and the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center to host a free breast cancer screening from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m., Feb. 10 at K-mart, 3555 Hwy. 190, Mandeville. An appointment is required. Call Mary Bird Perkins at 225-215-1234 or 1-888-616-4687 to make an appointment or for more information.
Free clinical breast exams will be provided by a doctor for women age 18 and older. Screening mammograms are available for women age 40 and older who have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months. Mammograms are free for women without health care insurance.
The American Cancer Society’s screening guidelines recommend women get a clinical breast exam at least every three years starting in their 20s and annual exams and mammograms starting at age 40. Breast self-examination is an option beginning at age 20.
For more than 40 years, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has been solely dedicated to fighting cancer. Its mission is to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer through expert treatment, compassionate care, early detection, research and education. For nearly 60 years, St. Tammany Parish Hospital has provided world-class healthcare close to home. Its mission as a not-for-profit hospital is to provide integrated healthcare services to the community of western St. Tammany Parish and surrounding areas.
Mary Bird Perkins has worked closely with St. Tammany Parish Hospital since opening its Covington center in 1998. Together, through a new and innovative partnership, The Cancer Program of Mary Bird Perkins and St. Tammany Parish Hospital provides comprehensive cancer care that strives to positively impact the lives of cancer patients and their families. Not only do patients have access to the full spectrum of vital cancer services and high quality cancer care, but these services are readily available where it matters most — close to home, friends and family.