The Washington Cancer Institute invites you to our Cancer Preventorium, one of the few centers in the Washington metropolitan area dedicated exclusively to cancer prevention and detection.

We provide these services:

  • Evaluate your personal cancer risks.
  • Perform physical exams to screen for cancer, including a Pap smear for women and a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test for men.
  • Provide individualized counseling on ways to reduce your cancer risks.
  • Educate you about the importance of early detection.
  • Teach you how to perform self-exams.

Decrease your cancer risk

The Cancer Preventorium, created in 1994 by Elmer E. Huerta, MD, MPH, was established to prevent cancer at an early stage, when it is most curable. The center also educates you about ways to decrease your cancer risk through healthier behaviors. Dr. Huerta, a cancer prevention specialist, evaluates your lifestyle, medical and family history and gives you a complete physical exam. This exam focuses on areas of the body that may display early signs of cancer, including; mouth, throat, skin, breasts, pelvis, rectum, prostate and testicles.

During the exam, the physician provides personal instruction to women about how to perform a breast self-exam and to men about how to perform a testicular self-exam. After the risk-assessment and physical exam, our cancer prevention physician meets with you to discuss your personal cancer risks. At that time, we give you specific recommendations about how to decrease your cancer risks.

To make an appointment

Call the Cancer Preventorium at 202-877-7929 for an appointment Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our board-certified cancer prevention physician, Elmer Huerta, MD, MPH, sees patients Tuesday through Thursday. Our staff speaks both English and Spanish.

The initial consultation fee is $175, which includes a Pap smear for women and a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test for men. Additional blood work can be taken to determine the risk of heart disease and diabetes for a total fee of $155.