Cervical cancer is a danger for any woman – but with preventive measures, you can reduce your risk. In addition to preventive measures like HPV vaccination, regular screenings for cervical cancer are one of the most powerful ways to protect yourself from cervical cancer and minimize the threat it poses. At Pasadena CyberKnife Center, we strive to be a comprehensive resource for people in the fight against cancer, and that includes the early detection process.
How Often Should I Get Screened for Cervical Cancer?
Every woman is different, and ultimately, only you and your doctor can decide the ideal screening frequency for your unique situation. However the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has a base recommendation for cervical cancer screenings that applies to most women.
If you are between the ages of 21 and 65, the USPSTF recommends getting a cytology (Pap smear) every 3 years. If you are between the ages of 30 and 65 and you’d prefer less frequent screening, you also have the option of getting a cytology along with human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every 5 years.
If you’re over age 65, have had adequate screening for most of your life, and aren’t otherwise at a high risk for cervical cancer, regular screening isn’t recommended.
Where to Get Screened for Cervical Cancer in Los Angeles
Unfortunately, cervical cancer disproportionately affects women of color and people in poverty – and while there are many factors contributing to this fact, one of the most important is access to care and preventive services. Many people don’t know where or how to get preventive cervical cancer screenings, and for poor individuals, paying for a screening at a clinic is out of the question.
So where can you get cervical cancer screenings? Thankfully, the Los Angeles Department of Health Services provides cervical cancer screenings completely free of charge. These screenings are one of the most important ways to detect cervical cancer early, when the chances of successful treatment are the highest.
Below is a list of health centers that offer free cervical cancer screening for women in the LA area. Visit or call any of these health centers to learn more and schedule a screening appointment – no payment necessary.
Antelope Valley Health Center
335-B East. Avenue K-6
Lancaster, CA 93535
Bellflower Health Center
10005 E. Flower St.
Bellflower, CA 90706
Edward R. Roybal Comprehensive Health Center
245 So. Fetterly Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90022
El Monte Comprehensive Health Center
10953 Ramona Blvd.
El Monte, CA 91731
Glendale Health Center
501 N. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, CA 91206
Claude Hudson Comprehensive Health Center
2829 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
1000 W. Carson St.
Torrance, CA 90509
High Desert Regional Health Center
335 East Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93535
Hubert H. Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center
5850 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90003
LAC+USC Medical Center
2051 Marengo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Lake Los Angeles Community Clinic
16921 East Avenue O, Space G
Lake Los Angeles, CA 93591
La Puente Health Center
15930 Central Ave.
La Puente, CA 91744
Long Beach Comprehensive Health Center
1333 Chestnut Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90813
Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center
1670 East 120th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Mid-Valley Comprehensive Health Center
7515 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91405
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
14445 Olive View Dr.
Sylmar, CA 91342
San Fernando Health Center
1212 Pico St.
San Fernando, CA 91340
South Valley Health Center
38350 40th Street East
Palmdale, CA 93552
Wilmington Health Center
1325 Broad Ave.
Wilmington, CA 90744
Contact Your Pasadena Radiation Therapy Center
Maintaining regular appointments for cervical cancer screening is one of the most important parts of protecting yourself from cervical cancer – and if one of your tests comes back positive, Pasadena CyberKnife Center can help. Our state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility provides the industry-leading, noninvasive CyberKnife treatment, allowing you to beat cervical cancer without the need for surgery. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a consultation.
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and as a leading cancer center serving the greater Los Angeles area, we at Pasadena CyberKnife feel this is a critically important cause. With 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed every year, it’s important for men and women everywhere to understand the connection between cervical health and cancer, learn the best ways to protect cervical health, and take steps to prevent cervical cancer.
How to Take Care of Cervical Health
Almost every case of cervical cancer can be prevented – but only by protecting and promoting cervical health. Take these steps to protect cervical health and prevent cervical cancer in your own life and across the country:
- HPV Vaccination: For both men and women, getting an HPV vaccination is one of the most important steps to prevent cervical cancer. Keep in mind that men can get HPV and transmit the virus even if they show no symptoms.
- Quit Smoking: Smoking is another major risk factor for cervical cancer, so living tobacco-free is a great way to protect cervical health.
- Use Protection: While condoms don’t provide complete protection from HPV, they can help lower the risk of transmitting or contracting the virus.
- Get Checked: Starting at age 21, most women should receive regular Pap smears and HPV tests as a preventive measure for cervical cancer. Talk with your doctor to determine your own personal risk level for cervical cancer and decide on a screening schedule.
Contact Your Los Angeles Cancer Treatment Center
By taking these steps, you can lower your own risk for cervical cancer and help prevent the disease overall – but if you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cervical cancer, Pasadena CyberKnife may be able to help. Using the state-of-the-art, noninvasive CyberKnife System, we may be able to treat your cervical cancer without the need for surgery. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your consultation, and don’t forget to encourage everyone in your life to take steps to promote cervical health this year.
Happy new year! We hope you’re enjoying the first days of 2018 and planning for a happy, fruitful year ahead – and if you’re like many Americans, you’re using the opportunity of the new year to think about your health and how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle moving into 2018. Beyond the usual regimen of diet and exercise, cancer prevention is a great goal to incorporate into your health-related New Year’s resolutions, and something we here at Pasadena CyberKnife Center often work to promote. January also happens to be Cervical Health Awareness Month – so if you’re a woman looking to make cancer prevention a bigger part of your life, now is the perfect time to start.
Preventing Cancer by Promoting Cervical Health
More than 13,000 people are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year in the US –and almost every single case is preventable. Unlike most cancers, cervical cancer is almost always preventable through HPV vaccination and regular screenings like Pap smears and HPV tests. This means that by focusing on maintaining cervical health, you can dramatically reduce your risk for cervical cancer – and working together, we can reduce the number of cervical cancer cases across the country.
The most important thing is to get an HPV vaccination if you haven’t already had one. This will prevent Human Papillomavirus, the most common sexually-transmitted infection (STI) and a major cause of cervical cancer. It’s also critical to note that the HPV vaccination isn’t just for women and girls: men can also contract HPV, and many may not show symptoms even though they can still transmit the virus. That means that Cervical Health Awareness month isn’t just for women – men have an important role to play.
Beyond that, it’s important to get Pap smears and HPV tests on a regular basis. For most women, that usually means getting a test every 3 years – but you should talk with your doctor to determine the best regimen for you based on your personal risk level.
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This January, we hope you’ll take some time to think about how cancer prevention can play a larger role in your life – and if you haven’t taken steps to protect the health of your cervix and prevent cervical cancer, now is the time. If you’d like to learn more about cancer prevention, we encourage you to contact us with any questions. And if you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with cancer, we may be able to help with non-invasive treatments like CyberKnife. Feel free to call us at 626.768.1021 to learn more, and no matter what your history with cancer, we wish you a healthy, cancer-free 2018!
The holidays are here, and people are drafting lists of loved ones and gift ideas all over the country. If someone on your gift list is a cancer patient, however, finding the right gift can be a challenge. Cancer is a sensitive subject for anyone, and it’s difficult to know how to keep gifts respectful while also expressing how much you care. At Pasadena CyberKnife, our mission is to make the cancer treatment process as easy as possible for everyone. Here’s our guide to holiday gift-giving to cancer patients.
A Survivor Memoir
Books can be a source of encouragement, learning, and relaxation during treatment, and many patients find that reading stories of other cancer sufferers who survived can be heartening, therapeutic activity. A memoir from a cancer survivor makes a great gift for any cancer patient in your life. If you’re not sure where to start, check out It’s Only Temporary: The Good News & Bad News of Being Alive by Evan Handler.
A Unique Plant
This may sound surprising, but having something to care for – even something as simple as a potted plant – can actually be a tremendously positive factor for a cancer patient. The act of nurturing is rewarding on a deep emotional level, and caring for a beautiful plant helps many patients find solace in the day-to-day of the cancer treatment process. Succulents are an excellent choice for a gift to a cancer patient, as they’re unique, visually beautiful, and relatively easy to care for.
A Cleaning Service
Sometimes, the most mundane gifts can be the most impactful. One of the things that many people fail to realize about fighting cancer is that during the battle, life doesn’t stop. There are still dishes to be done, countertops to be cleaned, and clothes to be folded – and if a cancer patient just feels too exhausted to deal with cleaning, it’s easy for things to start piling up. Something as simple as an occasional cleaning service can make a powerful positive impact for a cancer patient, making an excellent holiday gift.
Contact Your Los Angeles Radiation Therapy Center
At the end of the day, the exact gift you give isn’t so important: what matters most is the care and love you show through the act of giving, and the ongoing support you provide as your loved one battles cancer. If someone you love is currently going through the fight against cancer or has recently been diagnosed, they deserve the best in their treatment – and Pasadena CyberKnife is here to help. As a leading radiation therapy clinic serving the Los Angeles area, we offer state-of-the-art CyberKnife treatment for many cancerous conditions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out if we can help you or your loved one win the fight against cancer. Until then, we wish you a happy holiday season full of resilience, strength, and love.
We know you’re probably looking forward to the Thanksgiving feast – but there’s another important reason to celebrate November. November is Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Month, and as a leading cancer treatment provider serving the greater Los Angeles area, we at Pasadena CyberKnife Center feel this is an important cause. The best way to fight cancer is through early detection and treatment, and raising awareness is a primary way to improve the early detection of cancer – so awareness months like this are critical.
About Carcinoid Cancer
Carcinoid cancer refers to a rare form of slow-growing neuroendocrine tumor that forms in the cells of the nervous or hormonal systems. Carcinoid tumors are most common in the lungs or the lining of the digestive tract, but they can also form in a variety of other areas of the body. Carcinoid cancer affects roughly 12,000 new people each year, with most people being diagnosed over age 60.
Unfortunately, many forms of carcinoid cancer don’t produce symptoms until very advanced stages – making them difficult to detect and treat early. Often, patients are diagnosed because their doctor sees a tumor in an X-ray for an unrelated condition. While carcinoid tumors grow slowly, the fact that they don’t generate symptoms means they’re rarely found until an advanced stage, presenting problems for treatment. By raising awareness around carcinoid cancer and encouraging regular cancer screenings, we can all help to fight carcinoid cancer and decrease the danger of this disease.
Contact Your Los Angeles Radiation Therapy Center
We hope you’ll take November as an opportunity to reflect on the importance of cancer awareness, learn more about carcinoid tumors, and take steps to prevent cancer help ensure early detection in your own life. If you’re even diagnosed with a carcinoid tumor or any other form of cancer, however, Pasadena CyberKnife Center can help. Our state-of-the-art cancer center offers the industry-leading CyberKnife treatment, a noninvasive method to treat almost any cancer – including most carcinoid tumors. Contact us today to learn more about CyberKnife and schedule a consultation.