Komen’s Promise to Save Lives & End Breast Cancer Forever is Important in Acadiana:

Based on SEER Ratings released by the National Cancer Institute this summer, Louisiana & Washinton, D.C. are tied for the highest rate of breast cancer mortality in the nation.  In addition, four parishes in the Komen Acadiana service area have a breast cancer mortality rate higher than the national average.  These parishes are Acadia, Iberia, Lafayette & Vermilion.

Because of these latest statistics & the fact that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Komen Acadiana believes that awareness and education is more important than ever in our community.  Be on the lookout for our new digital billboard campaign featuring the faces of local survivors, along with breast cancer facts, statistics and educational messages.

No matter your age, sex, race or socio-economic status, we encourage all women and men in Acadiana to be familiar with Komen’s recommendations for breast health, because breast cancer does not discriminate.

  • Know your risk by learning about your family health history and talking to your health care provider about your own personal risk.
  • Get screened. Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk.
    • Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk.
    • Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40.
  • Know what is normal for you – how your breasts look and feel and report any changes to your health care provider right away.
  • Make healthy lifestyle choices that may reduce your risk of breast cancer.