Viewpoint: April 2, 2013

Although cancer affects people of every age, race, ethnic background and economic class, the disease has a disproportionate impact on minorities and the economically disadvantaged. That's why WAFB is proud to partner with Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center this Saturday on Fest for Life.

It is the largest minority cancer awareness event of its kind in the southeast region, offering free screenings all screenings are available to those who do not have a doctor and 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.

The free screenings will cover a number of different cancers including breast, prostate, colorectal and skin. It all gets under way Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Bon Carre Business Center on Florida Boulevard. Please help us spread the word, as early detection increases the chances of survival. This is an important and possibly life-saving event for some.