Cancer screenings should be a part of every woman’s regular physical exam. Screenings for women detect cancer or precancerous cells in early stages before symptoms appear, which makes treatment easier. At Dignity Health Southern California hospitals, our experts offer quality cancer screenings for women in Southern California with locations in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and San Bernardino, such as breast cancer screening, that may find lumps and other signs of cancer.
If you need a specialist to check out a symptom, or to begin preventative cancer care, Find a Doctor today to get started.
We recommend the following cancer screenings for women.
During a breast exam, your specialist will examine your breasts and underarms for texture changes and lumps.
A low dose X-ray produces images of your breast during a mammogram. These images can reveal cancer and other abnormalities. Women 40 and older should receive a mammogram every year.
If your specialist needs a better image of your breast, you may have to undergo a breast ultrasound. All women should have their breasts examined for cancer during their regular physical exams.
Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer Screening
Women who have a high risk for endometrial cancer should receive an annual endometrial biopsy. High-risk patients include women who have taken estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy, have received radiation treatment to the pelvis, have previously had breast or ovarian cancer, or a family history of endometrial cancer.
Colon Cancer Screening
During a colorectal cancer screening, or colonoscopy, a specialist uses a flexible tube with a light to check the colon for cancer. You will be sedated for this process for your comfort.
Women ages 50 to 75 should receive a colonoscopy every 10 years. If you’re at risk for colon cancer, you may need to have a colonoscopy before you reach 50.
Your specialist will collect cervical cells with a cotton swab after using a speculum to widen the vaginal canal. The specimen will be sent to a lab for close examination. Pap smear testing should begin at 21.
Skin Cancer Exam
A skin cancer exam is a full-body exam that checks your skin for signs of cancer, such as lumps or growths.
Lung Cancer Screening
We can check your lungs for small tumors using a low-dose CT scan. At age 50, we recommend a lung cancer screening for women who have a history of smoking.
What to Expect After Cancer Screenings at Dignity Health Southern California
If your specialist is concerned about your results, you may have to return to the hospital for additional testing. As part of our cancer care services, we aim to keep you informed after your screening and will promptly communicate results, concerns, and any necessary treatment options.
Get a head start on cancer prevention and schedule a cancer screening at your nearest Dignity Health Southern California hospital location today.
Dignity Health provides supportive cancer screening for women in Southern California.