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Cancer Prevention and Community Outreach

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Many appointments, including cancer screenings, were cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

If you were scheduled for a mammogram, colonoscopy, pap test, prostate cancer test, skin cancer screening or lung cancer screening, now is the time to get those appointments back on the books!

We strongly believe that early detection saves lives so please reschedule your appointments today! 

Breast Cancer Screenings & COVID-19 Vaccines

All the COVID-19 vaccines can cause underarm lymph node swelling on the side where the vaccine was administered.  In most cases, the swelling occurs 2-4 days after the shot is given and is temporary. But underarm lymph node swelling does not affect what is seen within the breast itself.  Sansum Clinic’s Radiology Department staff and physicians are well-equipped to produce accurate results even in light of this possible symptom from the COVID-19 vaccine. .  

Sansum Clinic’s Radiology Department, along with all radiology departments throughout Santa Barbara, record the date and site of a patient’s COVID-19 vaccine administration at the time the screening appointment is made.

Early detection is key to protect against cancers of all types, so please do not postpone your screening for this reason

If any patient would like to discuss this further, you can direct them to our Breast Care Coordinator Maria at (805) 681-7692. 


How Can You Help Prevent Cancer?

Cancer Prevention Lifestyle Choices 

Take control of your health by making smart lifestyle choices.  Review the recommendations below from the American Cancer Society to decrease your risk of developing cancer.

  • Stay away from tobacco 
  • Get to and stay at a health weight
  • Get regular exercise 
  • Eat healthy
  • Limit alcohol intake 
  • Protect your skin 
  • Know yourself, your family history and your risks

Get Regular Check-Ups and Cancer Screenings

Cancer screenings increase the chances of detecting certain cancers early, when they are most likely to be curable. The American Cancer Society recommends these screening options for most adults depending on age and medical history.

Breast Cancer Screening

  • Clinical breast exam (CBE)
  • Mammograms

Some women – because of family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRI in addition to mammography. Your doctor will review your medical history and determine if early screening is necessary, and will recommend a screening schedule based on current national guidelines. 

Colorectal Cancer Screening

Testing for polyps and cancer can be done by several methods, including flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy and a variety of laboratory tests that can be done directly on stool samples. Together, you and your doctor will determine the appropriate colorectal cancer screening schedule.

Cervical Cancer Screening 

  • Pap test
  • HPV test (human papillomavirus)

Talk with your gynecologist or your primary care provider for screening recommendations.

Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer

All women, particularly those nearing menopause, should learn about the risks and symptoms of endometrial cancer. Talk with your doctor about family history to see if yearly screening is an appropriate option.

Lung Cancer

The American Cancer Society does not recommend tests to screen for lung cancer in people who are at average risk of this disease. However, the ACS does have screening guidelines for individuals who are at high risk of lung cancer due to cigarette smoking. We participate in a Lung Cancer Screening Program for those who have a 25 pack-year history of smoking or oral tobacco use. Talk with your doctor to determine whether you fall into a high-risk category that warrants additional screening.

Prostate Cancer

Starting at age 50, men should talk to a doctor about the pros and cons of testing to determine if screening is the right choice. Men who are African American or have a father or brother who had prostate cancer before age 65 should talk with a doctor at age 45. 

Cancer-Related Check-ups

Adults age 20 or older should have periodic health exams. As part of those check-ups, your doctor will recommend or perform screenings appropriate for your age, gender, family history and risk factors.

At the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, preventing cancer is as important as treating it. We are committed to raising awareness about cancer prevention and providing opportunities to reduce cancer risk. You may choose to learn about the Cancer Center's numerous prevention and outreach programs; take an online test to determine your personal cancer risk ; or read more in-depth prevention information specific to several types of cancer.

Community Education & Outreach

The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, in partnership with the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, coordinates numerous community outreach programs and public events each year. We are focused on identifying needs and improving our community’s understanding about the importance of early detection and prevention of cancer, as well as new developments in care, diagnosis and treatment. We partner with local agencies to extend our reach to many different populations in our area. Our programs and annual events include: