Program: Scot Ackerman, M.D., FACR
Topic: November is lung cancer awareness month, so we will focus on lung cancer screenings and reducing lung cancer mortality through early detection.
Scot Ackerman, M.D., Board Certified in Radiation Oncology and Fellow of the American College of Radiology, is the Medical Director of Ackerman Cancer Center. After completing his training at Columbia University in New York City, he came to Jacksonville and has been in private practice for more than 30 years, serving as an integral force in Florida’s fight against cancer. He held the position of Chief of Radiation Oncology at St. Vincent’s Medical Center prior to opening Ackerman Cancer Center in 1997.
During his tenure at St. Vincent’s Healthcare, he immersed himself in patient advocacy and community awareness. He continues to support these ideals and is a strong believer in individualized patient care. Currently, Dr. Ackerman oversees the First Coast Cancer Foundation, and serves on the Florida Board of Medicine.
For those who qualify, lung cancer screenings are covered by insurance and Medicare. Currently, only 2-3% of Floridians get a regular screening. Jacksonville can change that statistic!
Ackerman Cancer Center and other healthcare professionals are partnering with Tobacco Free Florida to reduce smoking in our community, but also increase the number of people participating in early detection measures. A low-dose lung CT finds 80% of lung cancer at an early stage when curative interventions are possible. Without screening, 70% of lung cancers are found at an advanced stage when there is little chance for a cure.