Cancer Screening

Cancer screening and early cancer detection

Scripps makes preventive screening, early cancer detection and accurate diagnosis of cancer top priorities in the San Diego community. The sooner we detect the disease, the better for patients.

Because many forms of cancer can spread to other tissues and organs in the body—a process called metastasis—it is important to find cancer as early as possible, and to develop personalized cancer treatment plans that can slow or stop its spread.

Your Scripps primary care physician can help you understand the American Cancer Society guidelines for early detection guidelines for many kinds of cancer and recommend appropriate screenings during your annual wellness examination.

If the results of a screening suggest you may have cancer, you may receive additional imaging and diagnostic tests, including:

Free community-based cancer detection programs

We work hard to combat cancer in the community before patients come to our care facilities. Our cancer control screening and education programs serve people in the local community who may have limited access to primary care services.

Every Woman Counts

Through a grant from the California Department of Health Services, Cancer Detection Section (CDS), Scripps administers Every Woman Counts, which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to low-income, uninsured or underinsured women who reside San Diego and Imperial Counties.

  • Breast cancer screening services are available for women age 40 and older
  • Cervical cancer screenings are available to women age 25 and older.
  • To learn whether you qualify for free screening services call 800-511-2300. Eligibility specialists are available Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Languages spoken include:
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • Korean
  • Vietnamese
  • Free breast and cervical cancer treatment services are available through the *Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program." For eligibility call 800-824-0088. For additional program information, call 858-554-5561.

Scripps Breast Cancer Diagnosis Project

This program provides free breast cancer diagnostic imaging services to low-income, uninsured or underinsured women age 39 and younger and men of any age who have a breast abnormality and for whom there are no other sources of funding. It is funded in part by Susan G. Komen for the Cure San Diego.

IMPACT (Improving Access, Counseling and Treatment) Prostate Cancer Screening

Free prostate cancer screenings are offered to community members throughout the year. Participants receive a PSA blood test and a digital rectal exam. This program targets high-risk men, particularly African American men over 40 years of age. For those who qualify, free prostate cancer treatment services are available through the Eligibility specialists are available Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 800-409-8252.