| Monroe News-Star
Healthy Blue and Mary Bird Perkins will host several ‘Prevention on the Go’ health events to ensure residents have access to take-home colorectal cancer screening kits and health and education materials at events in Ferriday, Bastrop and Jonesville.
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s Prevention on the Go education, prevention and early detection program has screened almost 100,000 individuals since it began in 2002, including providing colorectal cancer screening kits.
Healthy Blue and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center have identified several parishes to target to increase colorectal cancer screening rates. Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed caner in Louisiana but is highly treatable when caught early. Since 2002, The Cancer Center has distributed more than 10,000 free colorectal kits, thanks donors, such as Healthy Blue.
“Treatment has advanced tremendously for colorectal cancer, but catching it early is key,” said Myra Gatling-Akers, regional manager of early detection and education for Mary Bird Perkins. “We invite the community to come out and join us for prevention and early detection education, as well as to pick up a free screening kit. We appreciate Healthy Blue’s support in providing this service.”
A fecal immunochemical test (FIT) kit is a test that individuals can take in the privacy of their own home. This test can be performed with no prior preparation but can identify hidden blood in the stool. This detection is important because it can be a sign of precancerous polyps or colorectal cancer. The disease is preventable and highly treatable if detected in its earliest stages.
Healthy Blue, along with community volunteers, will offer take home colorectal cancer screening kits for adults, educational materials, healthy food boxes and other support services. Mary Bird Perkins team members will be onsite to provide cancer education and answer any questions about the importance of early detection of colorectal cancer and instructions on utilizing the kits. Healthy food boxes will be distributed on a first come first served basis.
Wearing a mask and remaining socially distanced are required.
Want to go?
All events are free and open to the community.
- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 7: Ferriday High School (parking lot), 801 EE Wallace Blvd., Ferriday
- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14: Department of Motor Vehicle Branch Office (parking lot), 510 N. Washington, Bastrop
- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 5: Greater Saint Mary Baptist Church (parking lot), 606 Pollard Ave., Jonesville