If you’re a current or former smoker who lives or works in the Tampa, Florida, area, lung cancer screening at Moffitt Cancer Center could potentially save your life. That’s because our highly effective screening tests can often detect precancerous cellular changes before those changes produce symptoms or progress into cancer. Many studies show that patients who are diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer usually have better outcomes and quality of life than those who are diagnosed after their cancer has reached an advanced stage.
Lung cancer screening is important not only for tobacco users, but also for anyone who has a family history of lung cancer or has been exposed to secondhand smoke, radon, asbestos or other carcinogens. Individuals who are concerned about their risk level can meet with an experienced pulmonologist at Moffitt in Tampa, FL, for a personal assessment and individualized guidance.
In general, Moffitt’s comprehensive lung cancer screening program is appropriate for individuals who are:
- Between the ages of 50 and 77
- Current or former smokers with a 20-pack year smoking history (pack year = total # of years smoked X # of packs smoked per day)
- Are referred to the program by a general physician or pulmonologist
In addition to peace of mind, participants in Moffitt’s lung cancer screening program – which ranks among the best in the nation – can experience several benefits. These include high-definition CT scans, a prompt multispecialty tumor board review of test results, preferential appointments with oncologists who specialize in treating lung cancer and access to smoking cessation programs and other supportive services.