Screening Guidelines

skin cancer exam Moffitt Cancer Center is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer. Using national guidelines to recommend screening tests for your patients can help to find cancer early. Screening is one of many steps that you and your patients can take to help reduce the risk of a cancer diagnosis.

Screening & Prevention Services at Moffitt

  • Digital Film Mammograms with Computer-Aided Detection (CAD)
  • Digital Mammography (2D)
  • Tomosynthesis (Digital 3D Mammography)
  • Ultrasound
  • Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)
  • Breast MRI
  • Colonoscopies and Endoscopies
  • Lung Cancer Screenings (low-dose CT)
  • DXA Bone Density
  • Genetics Counseling & Testing

Results are read by fellowship-trained radiologists.

Recommended Health Screenings

The recommendations presented are for average risk, asymptomatic patients and do not address high-risk populations such as those with a family history of cancer, environmental exposures, those who are immunocompromised, or with genetic risk factors.

  • Breast Cancer: Screening mammogram every 1-2 years starting at age 40
  • Cervical Cancer: Screening Pap smear every 3-5 years, co-testing with HPV test is preferred for ages 30-65
  • Skin Cancer: Regular skin exams are important
  • Prostate Cancer: Initial screening starting at age 50
  • Lung Cancer: Screenings with low-dose CT for current or former smokers between the ages of 55-80
  • Colorectal Cancer: Initial screening for both men and women starting at age 50

The American Cancer Society recommends that people ages 20 or older get a cancer-related check-up as part of periodic health exams including health counseling and, depending on a person’s age and gender, exams for cancers of the thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes, testes, and ovaries, as well as for some other diseases besides cancer.

genetic risk assessmentGenetic Testing and Counseling

Moffitt’s Genetic Risk Assessment Service offers confidential screening, genetic counseling and testing for people who may be at an increased risk for cancer. By identifying high risk families we can help them understand their risk for developing cancer as well as their options for risk reduction, early detection, and treatment. Genetic testing is available to eligible patients.

High-Risk Assessment Clinics

Multiple high-risk assessment clinics are available for consultations at Moffitt including:    

  • Kidney Cancer Clinic
    For patients who have risk factors such as certain inherited conditions, physicians typically recommend regular imaging tests to look for kidney tumors
  • Breast Evaluation Clinic
    Provides evaluation for patients who are having breast symptoms and/or who had an abnormal imaging study at another facility
  • Breast Surveillance Clinic
    Provides clinical monitoring for women at increased risk of breast cancer because of certain medical conditions
  • Prostate Evaluation Clinic
    Provides follow-up care to men with an abnormal prostate screening (PSA test or digital rectal exam) and to men at increased risk due to family history or premalignant cells on biopsy
  • Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer Screening and Prevention Clinic
    Provides comprehensive care to women at increased risk of breast and/or ovarian cancer due to family history. Patients receive counseling including appropriate surveillance test recommendations (which may include a mammogram, transvaginal ultrasound, pap smear, breast MRI, and CA-125 blood test)
  • Cervical Dysplasia Clinic
    Provides consultation or a second opinion to patients with cervical or vaginal dysplasia
  • Vulva Dysplasia Clinic
    Provides consultation or a second opinion to patients with vulva dysplasia
  • High Risk Gastrointestinal Cancer Clinic
    Provides clinical surveillance for patients at increased risk for GI cancers
    • Anal cancer
    • Colorectal cancer including patients with hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC)
    • Pancreatic cancer
  • FreshBreak™ Smoking Cessation Clinic
    Provides help to people who wish to quit smoking. Individuals may be treated with a combination of counseling, pharmacological aids (such as nicotine replacement products) and other innovative approaches