Breast Health
Triad of Breast Health (Mammogram, Clinical Breast Exam & Knowing Your Breasts)
Mammography is currently the most effective, low cost screening tool we have for the detection of breast cancer. It is not perfect, but it represents your best chance of detecting breast cancer early when it can be treated most effectively.

Breast cancers are more likely to be detected earlier with repeat screening. One mammogram is not enough. Beginning at age fifty (or forty based upon personal decision and family history), you need to start getting a mammogram annually. If there is a history of breast cancer in your family, particularly a member of your family who was diagnosed at an early age (before age 50) you should consult your health care provider. You may need to begin getting mammograms at an earlier age.

It is extremely important for you to be screened regularly. If your doctor does not suggest a mammogram, ask for one. Your primary care doctor or your gynecologist can examine your breasts during your regular check up (clinical breast exam).. Clinical breast exams by a health care provider should be done a minimum of once every 3 years for women between ages 20 and 39 and more frequently for women with a family history of breast cancer (please consult your health care provider). After age 39, the clinical breast exam should be performed annually. If your health care provider does not perform a clinical breast exam, don't hesitate to ask for one.

Get to know your breasts; become familiar with what your breasts feel like. This is something you can do between doctor visits in order to determine if there is something new or different that you feel in the breast tissue. Examining your breasts does not always identify all dangerous lumps, especially ones deep inside the breast tissue, but it can identify many changes and it is free.

If you feel a lump, have discharge from the nipple or if there is any suspicious reddening or thickening of the skin on your breasts, be sure to report it to your doctor. 80% of all breast lumps are not malignant. Ask for a mammogram and ultrasound. In some cases a biopsy may be required to evaluate the lump. All of these tests can help determine if your suspicious lump is cancer. Be sure to request a written report from your mammogram and any tests that are performed. These will provide instructions to you about what you should do next, if anything.

Remember to get regular mammograms and clinical breast exams and get to know your breasts. If you cannot afford a mammogram, please take note of the following resources in the Los Angeles area that provide free or low-cost mammograms. You can call one of the following numbers for information. If you have a lump in your breast, please contact your doctor.

The Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Program
The Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) is a federal program is funded through Centers for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) to provide free mammograms and pap tests to eligible women. The program's first priority is reaching women 40 and older. Here is a list of the BCCCP providers in LA County.

  • The Center for Healthy Aging
    2125 Arizona
    Santa Monica, CA 90404
    310/576-2554
  • East Valley Community Health Center
    420 South Glendora Avenue
    West Covina, CA 91790
    626/919-4333
  • East Valley Community Health Center
    680 Fairplex Dr
    Pomona, CA 91768
    909/620-8088
  • Koryo Health Foundation
    1058 South Vermont Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90006
    213/380-8833
  • Northeast Valley Health Corporation
    1600 San Fernando Road
    San Fernando, CA 91340
    818/365-8086
  • Northeast Valley Health Corporation
    12756 Van Nuys Blvd.
    Pacoima, CA 91331
    818/896-0531
  • The Venice Family Clinic
    604 Rose Avenue
    Venice, CA 90291
    310/392-8630
Breast Cancer Early Detection Program (BCEDP)/Every Woman Counts
The Breast Cancer Early Detection Program (BCEDP) is a state-funded program which offers free breast cancer screening services to women 40 and over who qualify. Women who qualify are referred to a local BCEDP provider in their area. Referrals are available in English and Spanish. Call 1-800-511-2300 (currently on hold in some locations until further notice).

Los Angeles County Services:

  • Edward R. Roybal Comprehensive Health Center
    Appointment Line: 323-780-2373
    245 S. Setterly Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90022
  • Del Monte Comprehensive Health Center
    Appointment Line: 626-579-8463
    10953 Ramona Blvd.
    Del Monte, CA 91731
  • H. Claude Hudson Comprehensive Health Center
    Appointment Line: 213-744-3778
    2829 S. Grand Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90007
  • Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
    1000 West Carson Street
    Torrance, CA 90509
    310/222-2345
  • Hubert Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center
    Appointment Line: 323-846-4070
    5850 S. Main St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90003
  • Martin L. King/Drew Medical Center
    Appointment Line: 310/668-3416
    12021 South Wilmington Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90069
  • LAC & USC Medical Center
    Appointment Line: 323/226-5112
    1200 N. State Street, Trailer 21
    Los Angeles, CA 90025
  • Long Beach Comprehensive Health Center
    Appointment Line: 562-599-8787
    1333 Chestnut Ave.
    Long Beach, CA 90813
  • Olive View UCLA Medical Center
    14445 Olive View Drive
    Sylmar, CA 91343
    818/364-1555
  • Valley Care Mid-Valley Comprehensive Health Center
    Appointment Line: 818-947-4000
    7515 Van Nuys Blvd.
    Van Nuys, CA 91405

Other Low-cost & No-cost Breast Screening & Mammography Resources

  • Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital
    Cancer Detection Center
    323 N. Prairie Ave. Ste. 160
    Inglewood, CA 90301
    310/674-7733
  • Denise Roberts Breast Cancer Foundation
    Centinela Medical Center
    6201 Bristol Parkway
    Culver City, CA 90230
    310/337-0262
  • Iris Cantor Center/UCLA
    Breast Imaging Center
    200 UCLA Medical Plaza #B-165-10
    Los Angeles, CA 90095
    310/794-1450
  • The Los Angeles Free Clinic
    8405 Beverly Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    323/653-1990
  • Mission City Community Health Clinic (low-cost)
    15206 Parthenia St.
    North Hills, CA 91343
    818/895-3100 ext. 621
  • Queen of Angels/Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
    1300 N. Vermont Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    213/913-4817
  • Santa Monica - UCLA
    Women's Imaging Center
    1245 16th St. Ste. 110
    Santa Monica, CA 90404
    310/319-5164
  • Venice Family Clinic
    604 Rose Ave.
    Venice, CA 90291
    310/392-8636
  • Women's Breast Center (low-cost)
    2901 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 325
    Santa Monica, CA 90403
    310/829-2931
    Associated with Mobile Mammography Screening, Inc.
  • Watts Health Foundation
    10300 S. Compton Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90002
    213/357-6577

Make Sure Your Mammography Facility is Certified
For a current list of certified mammography facilities in Los Angeles County, please call Cancer Information Service of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at 1-800-4-CANCER for a local referral.

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