Ochsner Provides Free Cancer & Wellness Screenings at Lakeside Shopping Center

NEW ORLEANS– Ochsner Health System is hosting a Cancer Services Expo offering free onsite cancer and wellness screenings Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7 at Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie, 9 a.m.- 1p.m.

The expo will take place in the mall’s Veterans Skylight Atrium, adjacent to the new Ochsner InnovationHub, which offers consumers an immersive and interactive health and wellness experience that utilizes technology to inform and empower people to lead healthier lives.

The following FREE screenings/services will be available:

  • Head & Neck Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Glucose (Blood Sugar)*
  • Cholesterol Levels*
  • Blood Pressure
  • Nurse Consultations

*Fasting recommended but not required.

Ochsner staff will be onsite to also discuss cancer services and survivorship, community resources, dermatology, breast health, colon and rectal cancers, radiation and chemotherapy, smoking cessation, financial support, and much more. No appointments are required. Ochsner staff will be able to schedule any follow up appointments needed.

Early detection is key

In 2018, Ochsner Health System implemented a system-wide plan to aid in cancer prevention across the Gulf South aimed at improving outcomes for cancer patients in Louisiana. The plan focuses on increasing education and prevention efforts, screenings and early detection across the region. The Cancer Services Expo is a key component of this plan—bringing screenings and education straight to the community.

Cancer care at Ochsner

Ochsner’s specialists treat more than 32,000 cancer patients annually, from all 50 states and 28 countries. Ochsner is committed to providing exceptional cancer care where its patients live, in large and small communities alike and has 11 cancer treatment facilities throughout the state including The Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans; one of the largest multidisciplinary Neuroendocrine Tumor Programs in the U.S. at Ochsner Medical Center- Kenner, which attracts patients from around the globe; and a new hematology/oncology clinic at St. Charles Parish Hospital.

Ochsner Cancer Center - Baton Rouge and Ochsner Medical Complex - The Grove offer cancer treatment services to Greater Baton Rouge residents. Many of the cutting-edge trials available in New Orleans are also available to Ochsner patients in Baton Rouge.

The Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center in New Orleans is currently undergoing a $48 million addition, including a $20 million gift from the Bensons, that will double its size, increasing capacity to offer more high-quality cancer services and advanced clinical research, making it one of the leading comprehensive destinations for cancer care across a multi-state region. The expansion is scheduled to be complete early next year.

For more information about cancer treatment at Ochsner, or to make an appointment, please call 504-842-3910 or visit www.ochsner.org/cancer.

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About Ochsner Health System

Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 40 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and specialty hospitals, and more than 100 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the #1 ranked hospital in Louisiana by U.S. News & World Report and is recognized as a “Best Hospital” across two specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 70 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs nearly 25,000 employees and over 4,500 employed and affiliated physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts more than 700 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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