On February 4, 2017, over 300 people attended a free community screening for breast, prostate, lung, and colorectal cancers at the first annual Family Health Day at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center. The event was held at the Cancer Center and featured wellness and prevention seminars on smoking cessation, breast health, HPV vaccination, and nutrition for cancer prevention. Cancer Center Director Dr. Glenn Mills gave the keynote speech covering the epidemic of cancer in Louisiana, and what local residents can do to lower their cancer risks. He also discussed what the Cancer Center was doing to help fight cancer in the region.
In addition to seminars and cancer screenings, local industry partners were on site to offer information on a variety of topics from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to LA Tobacco Free Living, and the LSU School of Allied Health, which offered nutrition and exercise information to help lower cancer risks.
The response was so overwhelmingly positive that Feist-Weiller Cancer Center has decided to make this an annual event. Each year, during February's Cancer Prevention Awareness Month, Feist-Weiller Cancer Center will be hosting Family Health Day that will offer free screenings to public--regardless of income or health insurance.
If you would like to be screened and do not wish to wait until next February, Feist-Weiller's Partners In Wellness Program offers free screenings to those who meet age and other screening requirements all year at their clinic at 2015 Fairfield Avenue in Shreveport. Please call (318) 813-2225 to see if you qualify.
Feist-Weiller Cancer Center would like to congratulate Ron Nierman, LPC, and the Sickle Cell Disease support group for being featured in The Voice, a quarterly magazine published by the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
The article features the support group members, along with their popular project, The Healing Power of Music. The project was started with the help of Alligator Records and Mavis Staples, a recording artist whose 2004 album "Have a Little Faith" became an inspiration to group members.
Music of other genres has been added, and group members have offered their own musical talents at meetings and luncheons! The healing power of music helps patients relax during treatments and at home. Group members are given CDs when they attend support group meetings.
The Sickle Cell Support Group meets every Monday at noon at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center's Bakowski Center for Learning in the first floor lobby. If you or someone you know may be interested in the support groups at FWCC, please contact Ron Nierman by phone at (318) 470-6180 or by email; Jackie Walton by phone (318) 813-1405 or email; or Jo Ann Stewart by phone at (318) 813-1409 or by email.
To read the full article in The Voice, please click here.