La. governor announces effort to address high rates of cancer

La. governor announces effort to address high rates of cancer

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - On Friday, May 11, Governor John Bel Edwards announced a new initiative to "take aim at cancer."

United Health Foundation representatives joined the governor to announce a joint effort in this crusade. United Health is donating $500,000 to the Louisiana Cancer Research Center. The grant will be used to conduct research to come up with better detection, prevention, and care strategies.

Governor Edwards says this is the first major collaborative effort to combat cancer across the state.

"We've had a lot of disjointed efforts before and that's not a knock on them, they were doing the best they could. It just wasn't coordinated at a high level where we need it. That's what we seek to change and to engage in best practices, but also as we move forward, to avail ourselves to additional funding opportunities. There are grant dollars available both through the private sector, as we've learned here today, but also through the federal government and so we need to bring all of that to bear here in Louisiana to produce better outcomes," said Edwards.

The statewide strategy is called "Taking Aim at Cancer in Louisiana." This effort will be in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), United Health Foundation, and the Louisiana Cancer Research Center.

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