Cancer Prevention and Community Outreach

Cancer Prevention & Screening

Cancer is not a single disease but a group of related diseases. Genes, lifestyle and environment may increase or decrease the risk of developing cancer. Scientists are studying many different ways to help prevent cancer, including following the recommendations from the American Cancer Society.

  • Stay away from tobacco 
  • Maintain a healthy weight 
  • Get regular exercise 
  • Eat a healthy diet 
  • Limit alcohol intake 
  • Protect your skin 
  • Know yourself, your family history, and your risks
  • Get regular check-ups and cancer screening tests 

Cancer Screening

Screening increases 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

  • Breast self-exam (BSE)
  • 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: