BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — Baton Rouge General Hospital is launching its annual “Protect Your Pumpkins” campaign as part of its breast cancer awareness campaign promoting yearly mammograms for women 40 and older.

“Breast cancer awareness month is just one opportunity to bring that attention to making sure to get your annual mammograms, and it still is so important that women who are 40 and above get their mammograms every year, and then if you happen to be someone that’s at a higher risk for breast cancer, that you get it sooner,” says OB/GYN Dr. Candice Moore.

The public is invited to go to one of the pink pumpkin patches, take photos, and get a free pumpkin to display in honor of breast cancer awareness.

The event was scaled back last year due to the pandemic, and instead of pumpkins, BRG had yard signs for breast cancer survivors and BRG employees. The signs are back this year, but so are the pumpkins. “We are excited to bring back the pumpkin patches this year, as it is such an effective way to kick off our Protect Your Pumpkins campaign, engage with the community and have important conversations about breast cancer,” says BRG President and CEO Edgardo Tenreiro. Pumpkins are available at the Picardy BRG location, and smaller pumpkin patches are available at the Mid-city and Ascension locations. 

You can schedule a mammogram at or by calling (225) 769-1847.