Author: Kelly Beck, LBCHP patient navigator at Woman’s Hospital
Routine cancer screenings have greatly declined since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in many undiagnosed cancers. That is why during October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Louisiana Breast & Cervical Health Program (LBCHP) and Woman’s Hospital are strongly urging women to get their regular mammograms, as well as other regular cancer screenings. LBCHP, which provides no-cost mammograms and Pap tests to women who qualify, estimates almost half of women in the greater Baton Rouge area, ages 21-64, are eligible for its services. Woman’s Hospital, one of LBCHP’s area providers, is standing by to help women get those screenings.
Just as people are wearing masks and social distancing to protect themselves during the pandemic, they still need to protect themselves from cancer. Cancer hasn’t stopped for COVID-19.
As the LBCHP patient navigator at Woman’s Hospital, I am here to support women in getting those no-cost mammograms and Pap tests, as well as overcoming any barriers they might face. This support includes helping women with transportation, co-pays, child care, translation, or addressing any fears a woman may feel about getting services or dealing with a clinic or hospital.
My goal is to make sure that every woman feels safe and comfortable about getting her screenings, including walking her through all our processes so she knows exactly what to expect. I am here to make sure nothing stands in a woman’s way of taking care of herself!
To learn about LBCHP eligibility, locations and more, go to LBHCP’s website or call its toll-free line at 888-599-1073. To reach LBCHP Patient Navigator Kelly Beck at Woman’s Hospital, call 225-231-5661.