Having regular examinations is a vital component of staying healthy. Unwanted medical conditions can creep up at any time and some of the worst ones can go without any significant side effects or visual cues. This is why it’s important to have regular examinations like the cervical cancer screening, among other regular examinations (pelvic exam, breast exam, Pap smear, and more).
Ask your healthcare provider today about both clinical and self-examinations that should be conducted on a regular basis to help you combat the risks of cancers and other unwanted medical conditions.
A cervical cancer screening is commonly referred to as the “Pap test” or “Pap smear test.” This cervical cancer test helps to identify any signs of precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix. It’s important to test all the common areas that cancer can form. The earlier you can begin a regular cervical cancer screening, the better off you’ll be.
It’s important to have a cervical cancer test even if you are not experiencing any negative or tell-tale signs of a cancer or other disease. Many of these medical conditions do not involve apparent symptoms that can be identified and linked directly to cancer. Cancer growth begins before symptoms are significant enough to be found, but a cervical cancer test can look for and identify abnormal tissue growth and other signs of cancer in its earliest stage.
If your healthcare provider finds warning signs of cancerous or precancerous cells, he or she will be able to advise you on the best course of action that can be taken. The earlier you and your healthcare provider can identify any signs of cancer or other medical conditions, the quicker you can take action and the more effective your treatment will be.
Schedule Regular Examinations
At North County Health Services (NCHS), we recommend that you get a cervical cancer screening once every 3 years to detect any potential cancer warning signs through a Pap smear. If you feel uncertain or worried about any signs that may indicate cancer or other medical conditions, you can always schedule another cervical cancer screening or pap smear.
Other tests like breast examinations can be done more regularly, by both a health care professional and yourself. Adult women are encouraged to perform a breast self-exam, your health care provider can show you the proper way to check your breasts for irregularities.
If you have not had a cervical cancer screening in a few years, stop by one of our NCHS Women Health Centers today. We want you to be healthy and we have a network of friendly staff members and clinical locations that specialize in women’s health.
If you have any questions about cervical cancer screenings or the women’s wellness programs we have within our network, feel free to give us a call! We will be happy to help you or your family in any way that we can.
Below is a list of are our health center’s that offer cervical cancer screenings:
- San Marcos: Adult Medicine, Behavioral Health, Dental, Lab and X-Ray, Pediatric Care, Pharmacy and Women’s Health
- Mission Mesa (Women’s Health): Specialization for Women’s Health
- Mission Mesa (Women’s Health) – Satellite: Specialization for Women’s Health
- Encinitas: Adult Medicine, Pediatric Care and Women’s Health