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
- Needle Biopsy
- CT Scan
- Bone Scan
- Pulmonary Function Testing
- Pulse Oximetry
- PET Scan
- Physical Exam
- Sputum Cytology