Saturday, January 18, 2020

Cancer Screening Project

Cancer Screening is Important

Early screening for certain cancers can be cost-effective and promote longer, healthier lives. The Rapides Foundation 2005 Community Health Assessment found that many Central Louisiana residents are not receiving critical cancer screenings, and also explained that screening for breast, cervical and colon cancers were below national targets.

Based on those findings, the Foundation developed a plan with the goal of promoting early detection of cancer. Since 2009, the Foundation has partnered with several nationally recognized leaders in cancer prevention and care to implement the projects below to help improve cancer screening rates in the region.

Cancer Screening Project

Free Screening on Cancer Screening Van

The Foundation’s Cancer Screening Project helps residents get access to free medical screenings for breast, colorectal and cervical cancers. A feature of this project is the Cancer Screening Van, a mobile digital mammography unit that travels throughout Central Louisiana. The screening van is a partnership between The Rapides Foundation, Cenla Medication Access Program (CMAP), and the Partners in Wellness Program at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center at LSU Health Shreveport.

For questions about eligibility for the free screenings, contact the Cancer Screening Project at (318) 767-3027 or toll-free at (855) 767-3027.

Community Focus - Cancer Screening Project



Cancer Screening Awareness

The Foundation has launched a widespread media campaign designed to raise awareness in Central Louisiana about the importance of early detection of cancers through screening. The campaign also includes information about several other important behaviors that influence health.

Click the photos or the link below to learn the cancer screening stories of your friends and neighbors.

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