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Diagnostics & Screenings

Preventive screenings are key to detecting cancer at an early stage when treatment is most successful. With eight area sites, UofL Health makes taking care of your health as convenient and easy as possible. For information about scheduling a cancer screening at a UofL Health facility, call 502.587.4108.

The following screening guidelines are recommended for the early detection and prevention of the following cancers:

Colorectal: A colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years for men and women 50 years or older (45 years of age for African Americans). Contact your physician if you have a family history of colorectal cancer. You may need to have your screening colonoscopy earlier than age 50. Please call Cancer Services at 502.587.4108 to schedule your colonoscopy at a UofL Health facility. 

Breast: The most common way to detect breast cancer is through a mammogram, recommended annually for women beginning at age 40. Contact your physician if you have a family history of breast cancer–you may need to begin having your screening mammogram earlier than age 40. To schedule your mammogram, please call Cancer Services at 502.587.4108. Mammograms are performed at the following UofL Health locations:  Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, Shelbyville Hospital, Medical Center East and Medical Center South.

Other common ways to detect breast cancer is through monthly self-exams or clinical breast exams, MRI’s or ultrasounds. A biopsy is needed to actually determine when a lump in the breast is cancerous.

Prostate – A Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test and Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) are recommended annually for men 50 years of age or older. African American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer should begin screening at age 45. A PSA blood test and DRE can be performed by your family physician. 

Lung – For more information about scheduling a Lung Cancer Screening through a low-dose CT scan, call Cancer Services at 502.587.4108.  The most common symptom of lung cancer is a persistent cough. If you experience this or any other symptoms, your doctor may order one of the following tests:

  • Chest X-ray
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Needle Biopsy
  • CT Scan
  • MRI
  • Bone Scan
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • PET Scan
  • Physical Exam
  • Sputum Cytology
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Thoracentesis