Routine cancer screenings, including those for detecting breast and cervical cancer, are essential preventive measures for women. A trusted leader in women’s health, Emile Shenouda, MD and staff offer mammograms and cervical cancer screenings at his South Gate, Mission Hills, and Lawndale, California, offices. If you’re due for a routine screening, or have a family history of breast or gynecological cancers, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shenouda and staff by using an online booking feature, or calling the clinic.
While women can develop cancer anywhere in their body, breast cancer is the most common. Roughly a quarter-million new breast cancer cases are diagnosed each year.
There are an estimated 100,000 new annual cases of gynecological cancers. Human papillomavirus (HPV), which spreads through sexual contact, is the primary cause of cervical cancer. While most women can fight an HPV infection, those who can’t may develop cervical cancer.
Endometrial and uterine cancers are also common among women, although their exact causes aren’t well understood. Since these gynecological cancers are treatable, you can have a full recovery if you detect them at their early stages during regular screenings.
Routine mammograms are critical for early detection and intervention. In general, women should start getting mammograms at least every 1-2 years after age 40. But you might need to screen earlier, or more regularly, if you have the following:
In many cases, mammogram screenings are covered by your health insurance as preventive care, so there should be no additional cost to you.
If you’ve been sexually active, you should routinely screen for cervical cancer. Once infected, your sexual partner can unknowingly spread the virus to you anytime during intercourse. Because cervical cancer doesn’t have detectable symptoms, aside from pelvic pain or bleeding between periods, you might not know you have it.
Typically, you should plan on having a cervical cancer screening every year, or as recommended by Dr. Shenouda based on your prior health history. He screens for cervical cancer using a simple Pap test.
A Pap test involves gathering a small sample of your cervical wall through your vaginal canal. Also known as a Pap smear, it’s one of the best preventive and early diagnostic tools for cervical cancer.
Book your mammogram or cervical cancer screening at the practice of Emile Shenouda, MD, by using the online scheduling system, or by calling the clinic.