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Cancer Screenings

Early detection is often your best protection against cancer. At Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown, we provide the most advanced screenings available to catch the disease in its earliest stage, when it’s most treatable.

For your convenience, all screenings are available right here at our full-service cancer center, along with any follow-up lab tests, imaging or procedures you may need. We offer flexible appointments to fit your schedule, in a setting designed for your total comfort and privacy. And you’ll always find a caring staff committed to making your experience as stress-free as possible.

Learn about a few of our recommended options below. Then call 502.350.5700 to schedule your peace-of-mind screening today.

Family history of cancer? We also offer genetic counseling to address any hereditary concerns and coordinate testing, if needed.

Breast Cancer: Screening Mammogram

CHI Saint Joseph Health recommends annual screening mammograms beginning at age 40 for all women, following the long-standing recommendation from the American College of Radiology. If you have a personal or family history of breast cancer, including the BRCA gene, talk to your doctor about getting screened earlier.

Flaget Memorial Hospital offers all-digital mammography, allowing our radiologists greater flexibility in reading images. If your results show anything suspicious, we offer stereotactic breast biopsy (SBB), a safer, minimally invasive alternative to surgical biopsy to help make a diagnosis. A sample of suspect breast tissue is precisely located with a computer-guided imaging system and removed with a needle. The procedure is completed on an outpatient basis with minimal discomfort and recovery time, and fast and accurate results. To learn more about a screening mammogram, call 502.350.5112.

Colorectal Cancer: Colonoscopy

If you’re 50 or older, or have a family history of colorectal cancer, the most effective way to reduce your risk is to schedule a screening colonoscopy. This test searches for potentially cancerous polyps (abnormal cell growths on the inside lining of the colon or rectum). Catching these polyps early can stop them from ever becoming cancer, or detect the cancer when it’s highly curable.

Flaget Memorial Hospital performs hundreds of colonoscopies every year, with very low complications. Do it for yourself—it’s fast, painless and could help save your life. Speak with your primary care provider to learn more about a screening colonoscopy.

Lung Cancer: Low-Dose CT Scan

Kentucky continues to lead the nation in lung cancer deaths for both men and women. Symptoms usually don’t appear until the disease has advanced, which is why a screening can play a crucial role in fighting this disease. We offer low-dose CT scans, a groundbreaking new tool that can catch lung cancer earlier than ever.

During this simple test, the CT scanner uses low doses of radiation to make detailed pictures of the lung. The scan provides incredibly detailed pictures to help our physicians detect tumors. It’s safe, painless and has proven to reduce the risk of lung cancer death by up to 20 percent.

To learn more or to schedule your lung care screening, call 1.833.727.3362.

Prostate Cancer Screening

CHI Saint Joseph Health encourages men ages 50 and older to get annual prostate cancer screenings, which can help catch this common condition early, when it can be closely monitored or treated. African-American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer should be screened sooner, typically by age 40 or 45.

CHI Saint Joseph Health Cancer Care at Flaget Memorial Hospital offers routine screenings, including a prostate-screening antigen (PSA) blood test, which looks for elevated levels of a protein that may indicate signs of cancer. Your doctor may also perform a digital rectal exam (DRE) to check the prostate for any abnormalities. Speak with your primary care provider to learn more about prostate exam.

If you need a primary care provider or would like to request an appointment, call 859.313.2255.