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February Is National Cancer Prevention Month

Maintaining Healthy Habits in the New Year

At Pasadena CyberKnife, our mission is to bring hope in the battle against cancer no matter what you’re up against. We’re proud to offer some of the world’s most advanced radiation therapy cancer treatments, including the cutting-edge CyberKnife System – but when it comes to cancer, prevention is always more effective than treatment. February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and it’s a holiday we take very seriously at our Pasadena cancer center.

Learn the Best Tips to Prevent Cancer

At present, scientists still aren’t sure exactly what causes cancer. But through research, they’ve been able to identify risk factors: variables and factors in a person’s life that make them more likely to develop cancer during their lifetime. While each cancerous condition has its own unique set of risk factors, there are some risk factors that are common to many forms of cancer – so one of the best ways to prevent cancer is to take steps to mitigate some of the most common cancer risk factors. With that in mind, here are a few simple tips on how to prevent cancer by limiting the most common risk factors:

  • Don’t Use Tobacco: Smoking is the leading risk factor for many kinds of cancer, but it’s not just smoking that’s a problem. Tobacco use of any kind dramatically increases your chance of developing cancer, so eliminating tobacco from your life is one of the best ways to prevent cancer.
  • Eat a Healthy Diet: Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is another way to help prevent cancer, especially one that uses fruits and vegetables as your biggest food source.
  • Exercise: Physical activity and exercise also play a major role in cancer prevention. For the biggest impact, strive to get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week.
  • Sun Protection: Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, so being diligent about sun protection has major cancer prevention benefits. This includes wearing sunblock, but don’t forget that covering up with clothing is even more effective.

These tips will help to lower your risk of developing cancer – but if you are ever diagnosed with cancer, remember that there’s always hope. Our Pasadena cancer clinic offers a number of cutting-edge cancer treatments, and our expertise and advanced technology mean we can often treat cases that other cancer centers can’t.

Contact Your Pasadena Cancer Treatment Center

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you deserve to explore all of your options for treatment. Our cancer center offers effective, noninvasive radiation therapy treatments for a wide range of cancerous conditions. Take the first step towards treatment and reclaiming the life you deserve by calling us at 626.768.1021 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from, and we wish you a happy, healthy National Cancer Prevention Month.

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Maintaining Healthy Habits in the New Year

Maintaining Healthy Habits in the New YearThe new year is upon us, and we know people all over the country are looking to improve their health and lifestyle over the course of the coming year. Health becomes even more important when cancer comes into play, and whether you’re a survivor, currently battling cancer, or simply looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle to help prevent cancer, we at Pasadena CyberKnife are here to help. Read on for some simple tips that can help you prevent cancer and maintain better health in 2020.

Cancer-Fighting Health Tips for 2020

Whether for the purposes of battling cancer or simply to maintain better health, the new year is a great opportunity to make healthier switches in your lifestyle. Here are a few great ways to improve your overall health and wellness in the new year:

  • Focus on Mental Health: Science is increasingly showing us that health is holistic, and mental health is an important part of the balance. It’s important to focus on mental health as well as bodily health, so try adopting some self-care habits like meditating, mindfulness, or other strategies to improve your mental health alongside your bodily health.
  • Adopt a Cancer-Fighting Diet: Diet is a big factor in every aspect of health, and it can even have an impact in preventing and fighting cancer. Eating a healthy, balanced diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables is a great way to elevate health, and adding foods like turmeric or garlic, which may have cancer-fighting properties, can help.
  • Get It Moving: Exercise is a vital component of both bodily and mental health, so this year, make a commitment to increase your activity levels. Whether it’s running, yoga, or just a daily walk, any additions you make to your exercise regimen will be a big boost to your health.

Contact Your Pasadena, CA Cancer Specialists

We hope these tips help you get inspired and take action to improve your health in 2020, and if you or a loved one ever get the bad news of a cancer diagnosis, we’ll be here to help. Contact us today to learn more about how you can support overall health and fight cancer, and if you are in need of cancer treatment, request a consultation to see how our leading radiation therapies can help. We look forward to hearing from you, and we wish you a healthy new year!

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Where to Get Free Cervical Cancer Screenings in LA

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

(661) 471-4400

 

Bellflower Health Center

10005 E. Flower St.

Bellflower, CA 90706

(562) 804-8112

 

Edward R. Roybal Comprehensive Health Center

245 So. Fetterly Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90022

(323) 980-2731

 

El Monte Comprehensive Health Center

10953 Ramona Blvd.

El Monte, CA 91731

(626) 579-8463

 

Glendale Health Center

501 N. Glendale Ave.

Glendale, CA 91206

(818) 500-5785

 

Claude Hudson Comprehensive Health Center

2829 S. Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90007

(213) 744-3945

 

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

1000 W. Carson St.

Torrance, CA 90509

(310) 222-3723

 

High Desert Regional Health Center

335 East Avenue I

Lancaster, CA 93535

(661) 471-4400

 

Hubert H. Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center

5850 S. Main St.

Los Angeles, CA 90003

(323) 846-4312

 

LAC+USC Medical Center

2051 Marengo Street

Los Angeles, CA 90033

(323) 409-1000

 

Lake Los Angeles Community Clinic

16921 East Avenue O, Space G

Lake Los Angeles, CA 93591

(661) 471-4400

 

La Puente Health Center

15930 Central Ave.

La Puente, CA 91744

(626) 968-3711

 

Long Beach Comprehensive Health Center

1333 Chestnut Ave.

Long Beach, CA 90813

(562) 599-2153

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center

1670 East 120th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90059

(310) 668-5011

 

Mid-Valley Comprehensive Health Center

7515 Van Nuys Blvd.

Van Nuys, CA 91405

(818) 947-0230

 

Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

14445 Olive View Dr.

Sylmar, CA 91342

(818) 364-3184

 

San Fernando Health Center

1212 Pico St.

San Fernando, CA 91340

(818) 837-6969

 

South Valley Health Center

38350 40th Street East

Palmdale, CA 93552

(661) 471-4400

 

Wilmington Health Center

1325 Broad Ave.

Wilmington, CA 90744

(310) 518-8800

 

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.

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Ways You Can Protect Your Cervical Health

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.

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January Is Cervical Health Awareness Month

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.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Pasadena Radiation Therapy Center

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!

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