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.
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.
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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.
At Pasadena CyberKnife Center, we are passionate about helping our patients rekindle hope and reclaim their lives – and we’re never more grateful to do it then when we’re working with a veteran. At our office, we are proud of the long tradition of service that our veterans continue to selflessly uphold, and we firmly believe in the importance of giving back to our veterans. That’s why we’re excited to announce that our office has joined the Veteran’s Choice Program – and if you’re a veteran, you may be eligible for treatment.
Giving Choice in Medical Care
The Veteran’s Choice Program, or VCP, is an initiative aimed at easing the burden on VA hospitals and ensuring that veterans get timely, convenient access to the care they need. Essentially, the program allows qualifying veterans to seek treatment from a qualified non-VA hospital if they can’t easily get treatment through the VA system. It’s a great way for veterans to access the high-quality care they need without excessive travel or wait times.
Do I Qualify for the Veteran’s Choice Program?
If you’re a veteran, you may well qualify for the VCP. Here are a few of the factors for qualification:
- Can’t schedule an appointment within 30 days of the clinically indicated date
- Live more than 40 miles from a VA facility
- Must travel by boat, ferry, or plane to get to a VA facility
- Face an unusual or excessive burden in getting to a VA facility
Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis, but if you’ve had difficulty getting treatment from the VA for whatever reason, you may be able to join the program. Check out this information sheet or call (866) 606-8198 to find out if you’re eligible – or, for more information, reach out to us.
Contact Your Pasadena CyberKnife Cancer Treatment Center
If you’d like to find out more about the VCP, learn more about CyberKnife treatment, or want to schedule a consultation with us, feel free to call us at (626) 325-0777 or reach out to us at our contact page. We can’t wait to hear from you, and whether you’re a proud veteran or a citizen who wants to take their life back, we look forward to helping you find hope even in the darkest situation.
At Pasadena CyberKnife Center, we believe everyone deserves a happy, healthy life and to take hope even in the darkest of times. That’s why we’re proud to provide CyberKnife: a revolutionary cancer treatment method that combines some of the most advanced medical technologies in the world to create a cancer treatment that’s more comfortable, convenient, and effective than almost anything else on the market today. Thanks to its unique combination of technologies, CyberKnife comes with a variety of advantages over other treatments.
The Benefits of CyberKnife
- Versatile: Because CyberKnife can target a tumor anywhere in the body from almost any angle, it can be used to treat a wide variety of cancers including brain, lung, head & neck, prostate, and many more.
- Non-Surgical: CyberKnife treatment is performed purely through precision radiation beams, meaning there’s never any need for invasive surgery or cutting of any kind.
- Motion-Tracking: Thanks to the Synchrony Respiration Tracking System, CyberKnife can automatically measure and account for movement during normal breathing and respiration.
- Comfortable: Unlike other radiation therapies, CyberKnife doesn’t use painful braces and restraints during treatment. All the patient needs to do is lie still on a comfortable platform as CyberKnife attacks their cancerous tumor.
- Precise: CyberKnife’s advanced targeting systems mean there’s minimal damage to surrounding tissues and cells.
- Convenient: CyberKnife has almost no side effects and no recovery time, so patients can continue going about their daily lives during treatment. While other forms of treatment often require 30-40 sessions, CyberKnife typically requires only 1-5 fraction treatments.
- Effective: CyberKnife is one of the most effective cancer treatments on the market today, and we’ll continually monitor the tumor to ensure treatment was effective.
Contact Your Pasadena, CA Cancer Treatment Center
A cancer diagnosis used to be a death sentence, but with CyberKnife, there’s new hope. If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with cancer, don’t wait – contact us today. Feel free to call us at (626) 325-0777 with any questions, or if you’d like to schedule a consultation, you can reach out to us at our contact page. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you free yourself from cancer and reclaim your life.