BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Baton Rouge Police Department hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk to send a message to survivors and patients who are still fighting.

Experts from the Louisiana Cancer Prevention Program said one in eight women in the US will get breast cancer, and it’s most frequently diagnosed in Louisiana.

“Breast cancer touches all of us. My mother’s a survivor of breast cancer and we wanted to just have a small awareness walk,” said Roderick McCoy, Director of Recruitment at BRPD.

Officers hosted the walk to bring attention to breast cancer and the many survivors who live in the city. 

In 2022, East Baton Rouge Parish had one of the highest numbers of breast cancer cases in Louisiana, according to the CDC. Health leaders said cancer awareness walks help people to be mindful of the signs and risk factors. 

“Get your mammogram every year. Do self-checks, self-breast exams every month, and see your doctor continuously,” said Marsue May, an RN and Health Coach at Live Optimal Health.

If there is anything suspicious after a visit, May said to get it checked right away.