Director, Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control Programs
In the south, we’re used to bad news on national health reports. All the more reason to celebrate any good health news that comes our way. And here is some good news to celebrate: the latest national vaccine report shows that Louisiana is doing better than the national average on vaccination of teenagers. Congratulations, all you parents out there! You are helping to keep our kids healthy.
The holidays are upon us and so is the desire to give. We make lists of friends and family members for whom we want to buy gifts and we’re careful to choose the right gift for that special person. But there is another type of present. A gift that can not only bring joy, but also brings a sense of personal well-being and the potential to save a life.
LCP Assistant Director, LSU School of Public Health Assistant Professor
I lost my father to lung cancer last year. He was 83 when he was diagnosed with late-stage disease, and died three weeks later. Although he lived past the average age for men in the United States, he likely would have had more years to spend time with his children, grandchildren, and friends if he hadn’t smoked cigarettes.