Since 2010, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has provided more than 1,000 cancer screenings to Ascension Parish residents. However, with 9 cancers diagnosed in that time frame and an expected 38% of men and women expected to be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetimes, the Cancer Center’s Prevention on the Go programs know there is still work to be done in the parish.
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The good news is that early detection improves outcomes of cancer.
That’s why the Cancer Center and Gonzales Area Foundation are partnering again to offer free, convenient health screenings – including screenings for 5 types of cancer – in addition to food and entertainment at Live Well Ascension.
The event will be Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales.
“Unfortunately, taking care of our health is sometimes an afterthought, especially when it conflicts with family time,” said Johnnay Benjamin, director of early detection and education at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “Fun events like Live Well Ascension let families spend time together while getting screened and learning important info about detecting and preventing cancer.”
Participants can be screened for breast, colorectal, oral, prostate and skin cancer, and receive BMI screenings and blood pressure and glucose checks at no cost, thanks to the Gonzales Area Foundation. In addition to the health aspects of the event, Live Well Ascension will consist of activities for the whole family at no cost, including children’s activities, door prizes and giveaways – even a FitBit from the Foundation.
All screenings are available to those who have not been screened for cancer in the past 12 months. Appointments are required for breast cancer screenings only. To make an appointment for a breast cancer screening at the event, please call 225-215-1234. All other screenings are open to the public and do not require an appointment. For additional information, please visit marybird.org/livewell.
When Eric Lane, president, Gerry Lane Enterprises, heard about the Cancer Center’s Prevention on the Go workplace program, he saw it as a great opportunity to bring potentially lifesaving cancer education and screenings to his team members. Serving on the Mary Bird Perkins Board of Directors, Eric has always been an advocate for early detection and wants to ensure everyone at his company knows the benefits of cancer screenings. In an effort to create greater awareness among his employees about the importance of early detection, Gerry Lane Enterprises worked with the Cancer Center to customize the workplace program to meet the unique needs of the organization.
Gerry Lane dealerships in Baton Rouge employ over 300 people, the majority being male and a large number of African-American men. Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among men in Louisiana and studies show that African-American men are more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage and are more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer as Caucasian men. Knowing these statistics, the Cancer Center customized the workplace program and provided skin and prostate screenings. In addition, education sessions were planned around employees’ schedules as to not interfere with service hours. The sales team and service crew were divided into small groups and attended the education sessions in ten minute increments to make attending them as convenient as possible.
“I often hear that people don’t get screened because they don’t have time. Knowing the Cancer Center eliminates this barrier by bringing screenings to the workplace made this an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.”
“We’re not just a business, the Gerry Lane team is like a family, which is why we want to ensure they receive the best health services available,” said Terry Bell, Gerry Lane Enterprises executive manager.
The Cancer Center’s Prevention on the Go program provides cancer screening, prevention education and early detection services to employees at work. Prevention on the Go is a meaningful way to show your company’s commitment to employees’ health and wellbeing. Take the next step and let us help you bring this valuable service to your team. Contact us at 225-215-1207 for more information.
On the go…It’s an accurate phrase to describe today’s high-speed world, and how we literally bring screenings to the public. At the Cancer Center, we’re constantly transforming to keep pace with changing times to reach more people and save more lives. And we won’t stop until cancer is no more.
In this spirit, our early detection and outreach program is evolving and being renamed Prevention on the Go, reflecting an innovative and mobile-approach to bringing cancer education and screenings to people wherever they are.
There are two primary settings for Prevention on the Go, the community and the workplace.
For more than 15 years, the Cancer Center’s early detection and outreach team, recently nationally-recognized for its innovative practices, has traveled in its Early Bird mobile clinics to reach uninsured individuals and others disproportionately impacted by cancer in their own communities. However, many people are now accessing our services and demand continues to rise. Through Prevention on the Go, we are more broadly targeting the communities we serve in an effort to impact the highest number of people possible. For example, one of the programs we’ll soon launch is the “pop-up screening.” This is a new concept where the Cancer Center’s social media followers will be notified, and asked to share with their friends, that the Early Bird will be located and providing screening services at a specific place and time. These may happen near other events in a busy area or high traffic locations where participants can pop-in for a screening. For information on Prevention on the Go’s community program, contact Johnnay Benjamin at email@example.com.
Last year, the Albemarle Foundation made a generous gift to Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center to launch an initiative, expanding its community outreach program to the corporate environment. Research shows that many insured people aren’t accessing cancer screenings because they don’t have the time, among other reasons. The Cancer Center’s workplace program eliminates many of these barriers, working with employers to bring education and screenings to their team members. After a successful pilot phase in 2016, the formal workplace program has launched and several companies are already signed-up. We see this as an opportunity to add a critical element to our outreach efforts and connect more people with lifesaving cancer screenings. For information on Prevention on the Go’s workplace program, contact Charity Gay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prevention on the Go will allow us to do more to prevent cancer and detect the disease earlier. Our commitment is that we’ll never stop working to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer.