Lung Cancer Screening

Lung Cancer Facts


  • Lung Cancer is the second cause of death and the first cause of cancer in the United States
  • Only 15% of those who contract Lung Cancer live to the 5 year mark
  • More people die from lung cancer than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer combined

Lung Cancer Screening


  • Finds the disease before symptoms begin
  • Detects cancer at the earliest point possible

How it Works

  • The CT scan uses x-ray and computers to make multiple images
  • The images are used to detect lung disease and other issues

Risk Factors

  • Tobacco smoker
  • Contact with radon, asbestos, and other cancer causing agents
  • A personal history of smoking related cancer
  • A family history of lung cancer
  • Chronic lung diseases


  • If your CT shows a lung nodule or other issues, a follow up scan may be needed after a few months to see if there has been growth or change
  • If the area grows or is suspicious, further testing may be needed. Tests may include a PET scan or biopsy
  • If a biopsy is done, the Pathologist will study the cells to determine the presence of cancer
  • If cancer is found, you may need additional blood and/or imaging tests to determine the stage of cancer
  • Recommendations for treatment will be made at this point

Lung Cancer Screening Program


  • A partnership with the Stewart Cancer Center at Boone Hospital Center
  • Uses a low dose CT chest exam for high risk patients
  • Free through the Boone Hospital Foundation for those who qualify
  • Contact Info: Boone Hospital Lung Cancer Screening website or call 573-815-2888

Qualification Info

Criteria One:

Age 55-74 and greater than or equal to a 30 pack-year history of smoking and having quit smoking less than 15 years ago.


Criteria Two:

Age greater than 50 and greater than or equal to a 20 pack-year history of smoking* and one additional risk factor (see risk factor list above).

How to Calculate Your Pack-Year History of Smoking: 

Multiply the number of years you have smoked by the number of packs smoked per day.  For example, if you have smoked two packs per day for 15 years, then your pack-year history would be 30.

For More Information

Lung Cancer Alliance

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

American Lung Association

American Cancer Society

National Cancer Institute