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 James Graham 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.
Our Mobile Screening Unit, in conjunction with the Kentucky Cancer Program, provides the community access to education, prevention and early detection programs. The unit performs more than 3,000 screenings each year, traveling throughout Kentucky to offer screenings in small, rural communities where screenings are not easily accessible. Learn more about the Mobile Screening Unit.
UofL Brown Cancer Center and UofL Physicians offer personalized care with a variety of cancer screenings based on gender, age and other risk factors. See the full list below.
Mammogram Screening for Breast Cancer
Call 502-562-HOPE (4673) to schedule your screening.
Women younger than age 40 with risk factors, your physician can advise.
Women age 40 and older without risk factors should have a mammogram performed annually.
Cervical Cancer Screening
Call UofL Physicians at 502-588-6000 to schedule your screening, or talk to your primary care physician or gynecologist.
Women age 30-65, get a liquid-based Pap test every three years OR if test results are positive, ask your physician about a different testing schedule.
Women age 30 and older who have had a hysterectomy but no cervical cancer or severe cervical dysplasia:
- If the hysterectomy included removal of the cervix, speak with your physician about whether you need to continue screening.
- If the hysterectomy did NOT include removal of the cervix, get a liquid-based Pap test and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) test. Repeat these tests every three years if both test results are normal.
Women age 65 and older, speak with your physician about whether you need to continue screening if you have had three or more normal Pap tests and no abnormal Pap test in the last 10 years.
Prostate Cancer Screening
Call UofL Physicians at 502-588-6000 or talk to your primary care physician to schedule your screening.
At age 40, men should speak with their physician about the benefits and limitations of prostate screening. They can help you determine if prostate screening is right for you and at what age to begin screening.
For most men at age 50, we recommend:
- Digital Rectal Exam
- Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test
A PSA blood test is not necessary in men age 75 or older who have a normal digital rectal exam and no symptoms of prostate cancer. Because this is a slow-growing cancer, specialists advise that screening exams are not recommended for those with life expectancy of 10 years or less.
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Call UofL Hospital Endoscopy at 502-562-6560 or talk to your primary care physician to schedule your screening.
Age 45 and older should do ONE of the following:
- Annually, have a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT). If the physician finds blood in your stool, you may need a colonoscopy.
- Every five years, have a virtual colonoscopy, also called Computed Tomographic (CT) Colonography. A colonoscopy will be performed if polyps are found.
- Every 10 years, have a colonoscopy performed if not at high risk.
Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening
Visit our Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening page for information on eligibility. If eligible, call UofL Hospital Radiology at 502-562-3187 to schedule your screening.
Skin Cancer Screening
Call UofL Physicians at 502-588-6000 or talk to your primary care physician or dermatologist to schedule your screening.
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 avoid tanning beds.