Cancer Screening Van to visit Natchitoches Parish

The CMAP Cancer Screening Van will stop in Natchitoches Parish on June 9-10 to offer free cancer screens for eligible residents.

The van is a feature of The Rapides Foundation’s Cancer Screening Project, a program that helps residents get access to free medical screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers. Early screening for these cancers have been shown to be cost-effective and promote longer, healthier lives.

The van is a mobile digital mammography unit that travels throughout Central Louisiana parishes twice a month. Patients receive free clinical breast exams, digital mammograms, cervical exams, Pap smears and colon cancer screening take-home tests. The van is a partnership between The Rapides Foundation, Cenla Medication Access Program and the Partners in Wellness Program at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center at LSU Health Shreveport.

These services are free of charge for Central Louisiana residents who do not have health insurance. The program follows American Cancer Society screening guidelines, which recommend how often men and women should get screened, and at what ages.

Appointments are required. To request an appointment for the Natchitoches Parish stop, please call Cancer Screening Specialist Kayla Edwards at 318-767-3027 or toll-free at 1-855-767-3027 by June 4.