Friday, December 8, 2023

Cancer Screening Project

Cancer Screening Project

Recognizing the importance of early detection of cancers, The Rapides Foundation in 2009 unveiled the Cancer Screening Project in response to its 2005 Community Health Assessment that found too many Central Louisiana residents were not getting screened for breast, cervical and colon cancers. Early screening for certain cancers can be cost-effective and promote longer, healthier lives.

The Cancer Screening Project is part of The Rapides Foundation’s Healthcare Access Initiative, which is designed to foster the establishment and expansion of primary, behavioral and quality patient-centered health services through integration with community health clinics, and address screenings, medication access and related medical manpower. CMAP administers the Cancer Screening Project.

The project seeks to increase access to important cancer screenings by bringing them to Central Louisiana parishes via a mobile unit. The unit is a partnership between The Rapides Foundation, CMAP and the Partners in Wellness Program at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center at LSU Health Shreveport. It travels to communities for two-day clinics, where patients receive digital mammograms, cervical screenings and FIT colon cancer screening take-home tests. These services are offered for free for people who meet age, income and insurance guidelines.

Request an Appointment on the Cancer Screen Van:

The Cancer Screening Project’s mobile unit travels throughout Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn parishes for two-day clinics, where patients receive digital mammograms, cervical screenings and FIT colon cancer screening take-home tests.  These services are free of charge for Central Louisiana residents who have no medical insurance or are on Medicaid, are at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and who meet the following age requirements:

  • Women ages 40-64 - Digital mammography
  • Women ages 25-64 - HPV cervical screening
  • Women ages 45-64 - all of above services including colorectal cancer screening self-administered take-home test
  • Men ages 45-64 – colorectal cancer screening self-administered take-home test

Appointments are required. To request an appointment, please call Cancer Screening Specialist Kayla Edwards at 318-767-3027 or toll-free at 1-855-767-3027.


Community Health Advisor Project

CMAP’s Community Health Advisor Project is a community-based program that trains community volunteers to help educate their peers about the importance of cancer screenings and to reach out to those who are diagnosed with cancer. Once trained, Community Health Advisors provide education, outreach and information to men and women throughout Central Louisiana. They encourage people to practice early detection of colon, breast and cervical cancer while it is in the most treatable stages.

Community Health Advisors are trained by the Cancer Screening Project’s Community Health Advisor. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Community Health Advisor, please contact CMAP at 318-767-3028.

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 – have the choice to start annual mammograms
  • Ages 45-54 – once per year
  • Ages 55-64 – every two years or can continue yearly screenings if preferred

Cervical Cancer Screening

Recommended guidelines for cervical cancer screening for women at average risk:

  • Ages 25-64 – HPV cervical screening every five years
  • Women who have had a total hysterectomy should stop cervical cancer 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 45


The CMAP Cancer Screening Project suggests the following websites as additional resources for people seeking information about cancer screenings, prevention and treatment.

American Cancer Society

National Cancer Institute

Susan G. Komen
1.877.GO KOMEN


Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program

Patient Advocate Foundation


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