Lung Cancer Screening
If you are a current or former smoker, you may develop lung cancer and do not even know. Having a lung cancer screening could save your life. Although living a tobacco-free lifestyle is the best way to prevent lung cancer, regular lung cancer screenings can add another layer of protection as part of a proactive health care plan.
Why participate in lung cancer screenings?
Simply put, patients whose cancers are caught early often have better outcomes. Lung cancer screenings can be very effective at identifying potentially cancerous abnormalities long before those abnormalities create tell-tale symptoms. Screenings rely on imaging scans that are quick and painless and can highlight any suspicious growths that should be noted for further evaluation.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we’ve developed a comprehensive lung cancer screening program that’s among the best in the nation, which has resulted in our being named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance. As part of our program, you’ll not only receive high-definition CT scans, but also:
- Professional, multi-specialist tumor board reviews of any abnormal screening results
- Preferential appointments with Moffitt's team of oncologists specializing in lung cancer
- Free access to tobacco treatment and smoking cessation programs
- Immediate access to additional support and clinical services
Where to get lung cancer screenings
We currently offer our lung cancer screening services at three convenient locations, including:
Moffitt Cancer Center
12902 USF Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612
Monday - Friday | 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday | 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday | 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Moffitt Cancer Center at International Plaza
4101 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607
Monday - Friday | 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Outpatient Center at McKinley Campus
10920 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612
Monday - Friday | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Who is eligible for lung cancer screenings?
Our lung cancer screening program is open to patients considered high-risk based on national guidelines and evidence based practices.
Eligibility criteria endorsed by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force:
- Are between the ages of 55-80
- Are current or former smokers with a 30-pack per year history equivalent to one of the following:
o One pack a day for 30 years
o Two packs a day for 15 years
o Three packs a day for 10 years
- If a former smoker, must have quit within the last 15 years
In addition to the criteria above, the National Comprehensive Care Network (NCCN) also classifies high-risk as individuals who are:
- 50 years of age or older
- Current or former smokers with a 20-pack year smoking history (pack year = total # of years smoked X # of packs smoked per day)
o For example, one pack a day for 30 years, two packs a day for 15 years, etc.
What are the Payment Options for Lung Cancer Screenings?
- Insurance coverage: Medicare and most private insurance plans are mandated to cover lung cancer screenings under the Affordable Care Act.
- Voucher program: Uninsured residents of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, or Polk counties who meet certain income guidelines are eligible for a free lung screening through the Voucher Program. For more information or to find out if you are eligible, email LungScreening@Moffitt.org or call 813-745-5662.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Tawee Tanvetyanon, medical oncologist, Thoracic Oncology Program.
To determine your level of risk and if you qualify for a lung cancer screening, please call today. You can also make an appointment with one of Moffitt’s pulmonologists for further evaluation and to weigh your options. Call 1-888-663-3488 or complete our new patient registration form.