New initiative encourages Mississippians to get cancer screenings

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Local oncologists are participating in a new initiative that encourages Mississippians to schedule cancer screenings.

The initiative, “Time to Screen,” is led by two national nonprofit organizations; the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) and CancerCare. The campaign provides assistance and education resources to help adults creen for six common cancers: breast, colorectal, cervical, prostate, lung and skin. 

“Early cancer detection may save lives. As we emerge from the pandemic, it’s time for Mississippians to schedule their regular cancer screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies,” said Tammy Young, MD, with Jackson Oncology Associates. “Adults, especially those over the age of 40, should visit for help finding free or low-cost cancer screening options. The key to curing cancer is early detection.”

As part of the campaign, Grammy award winner Patti LaBelle will appear in television, digital and radio public service announcements (PSAs) now through October 2021.

People can visit or call toll-free 1-855-53-SCREEN (1-855-537-2733) to learn more about cancer screenings and find a convenient location.

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