Cancer Diagnostics & Screenings

Preventive screenings are key to detecting cancer at an early stage when treatment is most successful. With six area sites, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare (JHSMH) makes taking care of your health as convenient and easy as possible. For information about scheduling a cancer screening at a JHSMH 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 Jewish Cancer Services at 587-4108 to schedule your Colonoscopy at a JHSMH facility. Colonoscopies can be performed at the following locations:

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 Jewish Cancer Services at 587-4108. Mammograms are performed at the following locations:

Other common ways to detect breast cancer is through monthly self-exams or clinical breast exams, MRI’s or ultrasounds. These diagnostic screenings can be performed at:

A biopsy is needed to actually determine where 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. If you do not have a family physician, Jewish Physician Group with Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare (JHSMH) has offices located throughout the Louisville Metro area. You can call (866) 521-DOCS to find a physician near you.

Lung – 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

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Last Updated: 2/4/2015