National Minority Cancer Awareness Week
(Baton Rouge, La.) The Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins is sponsoring a free health fair for the whole family. The event will be held on Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Bon Carre’ Business Center, 7359 Florida Boulevard. There will be free cancer screenings – breast, prostate, skin, colorectal and oral cavity – and free blood pressure and glucose screenings in recognition of National Minority Cancer Awareness Week. Honorary Chairman, Mayor Kip Holden, will make an appearance at 11 a.m. The event also includes free food, entertainment and activities for kids. All community members are welcome.
All screenings are available to those who do not have a doctor and who have not been screened for cancer in the past 12 months. Appointments are required for breast cancer screenings only. To make an appointment please call (225) 215-1234 or (888) 616-4687.
“Although cancer affects men and women of every age, race, ethnic background and economic class, the disease has a disproportionate impact on minorities and the economically disadvantaged,” said Mayor Holden. “Raising awareness about this disturbing fact is a step toward saving lives. Early detection, through yearly screenings, can find cancer early before it has a chance to spread, increasing the odds of successful treatment.”
For additional information about this event and other upcoming screenings, please visit www.marybird.org or www.ololrmc.com.
The Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins is the most comprehensive cancer program in the region offering patients the convenience of receiving high-quality, advanced cancer care in one location, close to home. The Cancer Program offers surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and has been accredited by The American College of Surgeons since 1992 – the gold-standard for community-based cancer care. This program is a participant in the prestigious National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP). For more information on our cancer program and the NCCCP, please visit www.ololrmc.com or www.marybird.org.