Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Cancer Screening Van

Cancer Screening Van

The Cancer Screening Project helps residents get access to free medical screenings for breast, colorectal and cervical cancers. A feature of this project is the Cancer Screening Van, a mobile digital mammography unit that travels throughout Central Louisiana. The screening van is a partnership between The Rapides Foundation, Cenla Medication Access Program (CMAP), and the Partners in Wellness Program at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center at LSU Health Shreveport.

Breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening services are available on the mobile unit for qualified individuals.

  • Women ages 40-64 - Pap test, pelvic exam, clinical breast exam, digital mammography
  • Women ages 45-64 - all of above including colorectal cancer screening
  • Men ages 45-64 - colorectal cancer screening

The mobile unit will travel throughout Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon, and Winn parishes providing these services to individuals who meet the age requirement and have no medical insurance.

Appointments are necessary
For more information, or to find out when the mobile unit will be in your area, please call 1-318-767-3027 or toll-free 1-855-767-3027.

2020 Dates Location Patient Appointment Deadline
October 27 & 28 Natchitoches Parish Call by October 22
November 17 & 18 Avoyelles Parish Call by November 12
November 23 & 24 Catahoula Parish Call by November 19
December 8 & 9 LaSalle Parish Call by December 3 
December 15 & 16 Rapides Parish Call by December 10 

Want to learn more?

Contact the Cancer Screening Project
Phone: 318-767-3027
Fax: 318-448-4473
Toll Free: 855-767-3027


CMAP Screening Guidelines

The CMAP Cancer Screening Project follows the screening guidelines from the American Cancer Society.

Breast Cancer Screening

Recommended guidelines for mammograms for women at average risk:

  • Ages 40-44 – not necessary, but once/year if their choice
  • Ages 45-54 – once per year
  • Ages 55+ – every two years

Cervical Cancer Screening

Recommended guidelines for cervical cancer screening:

  • All women should begin cervical cancer screening at age 21
  • Ages 21-29 – Pap every three years without HPV testing, unless abnormal
  • Ages 30+ – Pap with HPV test every five years
  • 30-65 – can opt for Pap only every three years
  • Women who’ve had a total hysterectomy should stop Pap and HPV screenings

Colon Cancer Screening

Recommended guidelines for colon cancer screening for men and women at average risk:

  • Fecal immunochemical test (FIT) once per year starting at age 50

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