Taking Care of Your Health

Dr. Schabath: Lung Cancer Screening is a 'Life-Saving Tool'

May 12, 2017


Moffitt Cancer Center’s Dr. Matthew Schabath spoke with Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend on WFTS-TV about the importance of lung cancer screenings.

Current and former smokers who are between the ages of 55 and 77 are at highest risk for lung cancer and should consider this screening.

In the past most lung cancers were diagnosed as late stage, which in turn affected a patient’s outcome and quality of life.

With the introduction of lung screenings, “we are shifting the stage,” says Dr. Schabath. “We can now detect lung cancer earlier when it’s much more treatable and you have a much better survival.”

A typical lung cancer screening – or low-dose CT scan - takes about 30 seconds. The screening is not a one-time event, explains Dr. Schabath. For it to be most effective, high-risk individuals should get checked once a year.

“This is a life-saving tool,” says Dr. Schabath. “We’re there to guide you through the process.”

Moffitt currently offers lung cancer screening services at three convenient locations:

Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 USF Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612; Moffitt Cancer Center at International Plaza, 4101 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607; and Moffitt McKinley Outpatient Center, 10920 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612

For those concerned about yearly costs, Medicare and private insurance cover the screening in most cases.

To learn more about the eligibility criteria for a lung cancer screening, visit our Lung Cancer Screening and Surveillance Program page.