Screenings

Early detection is key to treating cancer. When cancer is caught early, it’s less likely to spread, and treatments are more likely to be effective and may be treated with less invasive options. At UofL Health - Brown Cancer Center, we are dedicated to making cancer a disease of the past – and one way we can achieve our goal is through our cancer prevention and screening efforts.

A variety of cancer screenings based on gender, age and other risk factors are available through UofL Health, supported by the Brown Cancer Center. See the full list below.

 

Schedule Your Mammogram

Call 502-562-4361 and select option 1 to schedule your screening with UofL Health - Brown Cancer Center's Breast Imaging Center.

For appointments at the following facilities, call 502-681-1405:

  • UofL Health - Medical Center East
  • UofL Health - Medical Center South
  • UofL Health - Mary & Elizabeth Hospital
  • UofL Health - Shelbyville Hospital

Screening Guidelines:

•    According to the American Cancer Society, women should talk with their doctor to determine their risk for breast cancer. Women should also know how their breasts normally feel and report any changes to their doctor.
•     For women younger than 40 with risk factors, talk to your physician to determine when mammogram screening should begin.
•    Women between age 40-44 with an average risk have the option to start screening with a mammogram every year.
•    Women age 45-54 should get mammograms every year.
•    Women 55 and older can switch to getting mammograms every two years or may continue with annual mammograms. Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live at least 10 more years.
 

Schedule a Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening

Visit our Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening page for information on eligibility. If eligible or for assistance determining eligibility, call Brown Cancer Center's Lung Screening Program at 502-210-4497.

Screening Guidelines:

The USPSTF recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in adults aged 50 to 80 years who have a 20 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. 

Screening should be discontinued once a person has not smoked for 15 years or develops a health problem that substantially limits life expectancy or the ability or willingness to have curative lung surgery. 

Colorectal Cancer Screening

• The USPSTF recommends screening for colorectal cancer in all adults aged 45 to 75 years.

• For patients age 76 to 85, talk to your provider about whether or not screening is recommended. Your provider will consider your overall health, prior screening history and preferences.

Screening should be done by ONE of the following:

1. Annually, have a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT). If the physician finds blood in your stool, you may

need a colonoscopy.

2. Every five years, have a virtual colonoscopy, also called Computed Tomographic (CT) Colonography.

A colonoscopy will be performed if polyps are found.

3. Every 10 years, have a colonoscopy performed if not at high risk.

Talk to your primary care physician about colorectal screening. To make an appointment with a primary care provider at UofL Health, call 502-588-4343.

 

The following UofL Physicians practices offer screening colonoscopies:

Downtown

UofL Physicians - Gastroenterology Associates
UofL Health - Rudd Heart and Lung Center
201 Abraham Flexner Way
Suite 901
Louisville, KY 40202
502-587-4515

UofL Physicians – General Surgery Associates
UofL Health – Rudd Heart and Lung Center
201 Abraham Flexner Way
Suite 902
Louisville, KY 40202
502-583-5948

GI Motility Clinic
UofL Health - Jewish Hospital Outpatient Care Center
225 Abraham Flexner Way
Suite 502
Louisville, KY 40202
502-588-7690

UofL Physicians – Digestive & Liver Health
UofL Health – Chestnut Street Outpatient Center
401 East Chestnut Street
Suite 310
Louisville, KY 40202
502-588-4600


UofL Health – UofL Hospital – Endoscopy
530 S. Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
502-562-6560

UofL Physicians – General Surgery and Colon & Rectal Surgery
UofL Health – Chestnut Street Outpatient Center
401 East Chestnut Street
Suite 710
Louisville, KY 40202
502-583-8303


Medical Center East

UofL Physicians – Gastroenterology Associates
UofL Health – Medical Center East
3920 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
502-587-4515

UofL Physicians - General Surgery Associates
UofL Health - Medical Center East
3920 Dutchmans Lane
Suite 307
Louisville, KY 40207
502-583-5948

UofL Physicians – Louisville Surgical Associates
UofL Health - Medical Center East
3920 Dutchmans Lane
Suite 307
Louisville, KY 40207
502-366-1090

UofL Physicians – Colorectal Surgery Associates
UofL Health – Medical Center East
3920 Dutchmans Lane
Suite 315
Louisville, KY 40207
502-583-8005

Medical Center Northeast

UofL Physicians - General Surgery Associates
UofL Health - Medical Center Northeast
2401 Terra Crossing Blvd.
Suite 407
Louisville, KY 40245
502-583-5948


Medical Center South

UofL Physicians – Gastroenterology Associates
UofL Health – Medical Center South
1905 West Hebron Lane
Suite 205
Shepherdsville, KY 40165
502-955-1355


Shelbyville

UofL Physicians – Gastroenterology Associates
UofL Health – Shelbyville Hospital
727 Hospital Drive
Shelbyville, KY 40065
502-895-8970

UofL Physicians – Louisville Surgical Associates Shelbyville
30 Stonecrest Court
Suite 104
Shelbyville, KY 40065
502-633-6062


South Louisville

UofL Physicians - General Surgery Associates
5129 Dixie Highway
Suite 100
Louisville, KY 40216
502-583-5948

UofL Physicians – Louisville Surgical Associates
4402 Churchman Avenue
Suite 202
Louisville, KY 40215
502-366-1090

Southern Indiana

UofL Physicians – Louisville Surgical Associates
2108 State Street
New Albany, IN, 47150
502-366-1090

 

Schedule a Cervical Cancer Screening

Your primary care provider or gynecologist can perform a cervical cancer screening during your annual check-up.

To schedule an appointment with UofL Physicians -- OB/GYN & Women's Health, call 502-588-4400.

Call 502-588-4343 to schedule an appointment with a UofL Physicians - Primary Care provider.

Screening Guidelines

• The USPSTF recommends screening for cervical cancer every 3 years with cervical cytology (also called a Pap test or Pap smear) alone in women age 21-29.

• For women age 30-65, the USPSTF recommends screening every 3 years with cervical cytology alone, every 5 years with high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) testing alone, or every 5 years with hrHPV testing in combination with cytology (cotesting).

Schedule a Prostate Cancer Screening

Call UofL Physicians - Urology at 502-588-4740 or talk to your primary care physician to schedule your screening. To make an appointment with UofL Physicians - Primary Care provider, call 502-588-4343.

Screening Guidelines:

• According to the American Cancer Society, men should talk with their doctor about when to begin screening for prostate cancer.

• For those with a higher risk - those with more than one first-degree relative (father or brother) who had prostate cancer at an early age - the discussion should start at age 40.

• For those with a moderately high risk - including African-Americans and men with a first-degree relative diagnosed younger than age 65 - the discussion should start at age 45.

• For those with an average risk and expected to live at least 10 more years - the discussion should start at age 50.

• If you decide to be tested, you should get a PSA blood test with or without a rectal exam. How often you're tested will depend on your PSA level.

Skin Cancer Screening

Talk to your primary care physician or dermatologist to schedule your skin cancer screening. Call the UofL Physicians - Primary Care Hotline at 502-588-4343 to find a primary care provider at UofL Health.

An annual skin exam is recommended for all ages and is highly recommended for those with increased sun exposure. Self-examine your skin monthly. Use sunscreen and sun-protective clothing, and avoid tanning beds.