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 announce that its newest cancer screening program, the lung cancer screening program for current and past smokers, has been accredited by The American College of Radiology.
The Lung Cancer Screening program was started in 2016 by Dr. Shawn Milligan, a pulmonologist with the Partners in Wellness program and faculty member at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center. The program offers a CT (computerized tomography) scan.
This scan uses a series of x-rays to show the shape, size and location of anything abnormal in the chest that might signal the need for follow up. CT scans are very sensitive and can show both cancerous and non-cancerous areas.
To qualify for a free screening, you must be over the age of 55 who is a current smoker and has smoked at least one pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years, or two packs per day for 15 years, and shows no signs of lung cancer, which includes persistent cough and weight loss. Recently quit smokers can be screened too, as long as they have quit within the past 15 years, and meet the other requirements.
If you or someone you know would like to be screened for lung cancer, please call our Partners in Wellness program. The Partners in Wellness program has a stand-alone clinic at 2015 Fairfield Avenue in Shreveport, Louisiana. Their local number is (318) 813-4020, and their toll free number is (800) 582-4523.
To view infographic answering the question of whether or not you should be screened, click here.