Approximately 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer every year, making cancer the second leading cause of death in the United States. In honor of National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, L.A. Care Health Plan has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to bring L.A. Care’s members vital cervical cancer prevention and early detection messages. L.A. Care and the American Cancer Society aim to help people throughout L.A. County work to prevent cancer or detect it early when it’s most treatable.
Cervical cancer is a preventable disease, yet 1,795 women in L.A. County are still expected to be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year. Ninety-three percent of cervical cancers could be prevented with regular Pap test screenings and HPV vaccination. To help inform members about what they can do to protect themselves and their loved ones from cervical cancer, L.A. Care and the American Cancer Society have developed new health education content and social media messages for L.A. Care’s Facebook and Twitter networks.
This month’s cervical cancer campaign is the first of a series of collaborations that L.A. Care and the American Cancer Society have planned in 2015 in an effort to help combat cancer among L.A. County’s most vulnerable populations.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991. The American Cancer Society believes that success in the fight against cancer is a team effort. Because of our shared commitment to wellness promotion and to improving access to quality health care, the Society partners with health plans on efforts to prevent cancer, detect it early, and improve the quality of life of plan members diagnosed with cancer. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
About L.A. Care
L.A. Care Health Plan (Local Initiative Health Authority of Los Angeles County) is a public entity and community-accountable health plan serving residents of Los Angeles County through a variety of health coverage programs including L.A. Care Covered™, Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan, L.A. Care’s Healthy Kids and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan. L.A. Care is a leader in developing new programs through innovative partnerships designed to provide health coverage to vulnerable populations and to support the safety net. With more than 1.6 million members, L.A. Care is the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan.