Director, Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control Programs
Dramatic, moody, self-absorbed, rebellious. These are all words I’ve used to describe my teenager. I have to admit that the teenage years have been a roller coaster. My cute little snuggle bunny who used to put his head on my shoulder while I read him a bedtime story, now communicates with grunts and eye rolls. I tell myself it’s all part of growing up.
Then the bomb is dropped - a parent diagnosed with metastatic cancer.
Regional and national colorectal cancer (CRC) champions will convene at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, June 27-29, for the Southeastern Colorectal Consortium. The burden of CRC is felt strongly in the South, but through collaboration with neighboring states, the region can overcome barriers to screenings that has proven to save lives. The goal is to achieve an 80% screening rate for the eligible population, an objective established by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. The Consortium will promote the strong work already being done across all 12 southern states (VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, TX, AL, AR, MS, LA, TN, KT, WV) and Puerto Rico.
Last year during a routine check-up, my new doctor found a lump in my right breast and referred me to the mammography department of her clinic for follow-up diagnostic testing. It took me weeks of persistent calls to book my appointment, and when I showed up I was sent home without a mammogram because the referral wasn’t logged in their electronic records. I played phone tag with my doctor for another few weeks before the referral was recorded, and I had to begin the process of booking a mammogram all over again. The results were benign, but I was instructed to come back in six months to check on the lump.