BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — On Tuesday, new health resources are ‘rolling out’ to reach communities that are otherwise underserved.
“We lack a lot of primary and preventative care in our state,” said Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Cancer Support and Outreach Vice President Renea Duffin.
Reasons like this are why its four-wheeled mobile unit is what some may call “prevention on the go.”
“Prevention on the Go is to provide access to low-cost cancer screenings to individuals in their local community right where they are,” Duffin explained.
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will have a way to give more communities access to lifesaving tools housed in this $1 million early detection investment.
“We will be able to provide mammograms in the local communities, and we’ll also be able to conduct full cancer screenings of breast skin, prostate, oral, cavity and colorectal,” she said.
Congressman Garret Graves said finding funding for this unit was crucial, especially in a state like Louisiana.
“All across Louisiana, in our rural areas in particular, where we have folks that end up having cancer or other types of health problems,” he said.
“It’s just like a physician’s office that you would go into. It’s completely private. We have our full exam tables. We have our technology that’s available for our providers,” added Duffin.
“It really is all about lowering barriers and making sure that we get people the health care that they deserve,” said Graves.
The Prevention on the Go program has provided more than 100,000 cancer screenings.
Screening services from mobile units are free to the public. To find where a unit will be in Baton Rouge, click here.