Cancer researchers set to give talk on Saturday in New Orleans _lowres

Associated Press file photo Model Christy Turlington Burns will appear at the Louisiana International Film Festival on Wednesday.

Cancer researchers set to give talk on Saturday

America’s top cancer researchers will let the public know about their latest treatments and prevention options this weekend at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in New Orleans.

During a public discussion from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Louisiana Cancer Research Center at 1700 Tulane Ave., researchers and doctors will present the latest innovations in treatment and relate stories from cancer survivors.

The event, titled “Progress and Promise Against Cancer,” offers “practical knowledge and real hope,” according to a news release from AACR.

The event is free, with breakfast and parking available at no charge. For more information, visit

Saturday’s public discussion will begin with an analysis of the state of cancer in Louisiana presented by Dr. Augusto Ochoa, director of LSU Health Sciences Center’s Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, said Lauren Walens, a spokeswoman for the AACR.

“Louisiana has higher cancer rates and a greater burden than other states,” Walens said.

Beginning Saturday, the AACR meeting will gather 20,000 of the nation’s top cancer researchers and medical professionals. Vice President Joe Biden will address the convention on the meeting’s last day, Wednesday, April 20, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.

Biden’s address will be available for viewing online. Check the AACR website for details.

Supermodel promotes ‘Giving Birth’ film in BR

Childbirth reform advocate Christy Turlington Burns, first known for her career as a supermodel, will appear at the Louisiana International Film Festival for a screening of her three-part documentary “Giving Birth in America.”

The documentary, which examines the factors behind the maternal health problems in the U.S., will kick off the festival at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cinemark Perkins Rowe, 10000 Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge.

Turlington Burns will discuss the film and the work she has done with Every Mother Counts, a foundation she started to improve mothers’ health worldwide.

“We’ve come a long way over the past century, but there’s a long journey ahead before pregnancy and childbirth are safe for every mother,” Turlington Burns wrote in an opinion piece for CNN in December.

Fest for Life offers free health screenings

Screenings for several types of cancer and other health factors will be offered Saturday at Fest for Life.

The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be held at Bon Carré Business Center, 7359 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge.

All screenings are available to those who have not been screened for cancer in the past 12 months, as well as for people who do not have insurance or are considered to be underinsured. Appointments are required for breast cancer screenings only. To make an appointment, call (225) 215-1234 or (888) 616-4687.

Food and entertainment will be offered at no cost. The event is sponsored by Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center.

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