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Taking charge of your health: Cervical cancer and the importance of regular check-ups

VISTA – In our busy lives, it is crucial for every woman to prioritize her health. One aspect that often goes unnoticed until it’s too late is cervical health. Cervical cancer is a serious but preventable condition, and getting care at the right time can make all the difference. So, what is cervical cancer, why do regular check-ups matter, and how can the women’s health services at VCC can be a valuable resource for you?

Cervical cancer typically starts with abnormal cell changes that may develop into cancer over time. It can start with no detectable symptoms, making early detection key to successful treatment. Regular check-ups, including Pap smears and human papillomavirus tests, can spot abnormal cell changes before they become cancerous. These screenings are quick, simple and painless, and an essential part of maintaining your well-being.

Establishing a routine for regular health check-ups is an important part of your personal health. The American Cancer Society recommends that women start getting Pap smears at the age of 21 and continue every three years. Women aged 30-65 can choose to extend the interval to every five years if combined with an HPV test. Following these guidelines is a great step in safeguarding your health.

VCC understands the unique needs of women in our community. Their women's health services are designed to provide accessible and comprehensive care; from routine screenings to vaccinations and personalized health consultations, VCC is here to support patients on their personal journey to optimal well-being.

The caring and experienced health care professionals at VCC prioritize your comfort and ensure that you feel empowered. With VCC, you have a welcoming environment where you can discuss your concerns, ask questions and receive the care you deserve. Appointments can be made by calling or texting 760-631-5000. Patients set up with Patient Portal may also be able to use the self-schedule to set their own appointments.

With 12 state-of-the-art locations in North San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties, VCC provides affordable, high quality health care to more than 70,000 community residents. Services offered by VCC include primary care, pediatrics, prenatal and women’s health, optometry, chiropractic care, dental health, podiatry, acupuncture and behavioral health services. VCC also offers a wide array of community health education programs which are free and open to all community residents. VCC is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient-Centered Medical Home at eight of its clinic sites and within its behavioral health department and is the recipient of the HRSA National Quality Leader Seal for exceeding national clinical quality benchmarks. For more information, call 760-631-5000 or visit

Submitted by Vista Community Clinic.


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