That's according to a report released by the American Lung Association. She's never smoked but pushed her doctors to have the scan done after both her sister and father were diagnosed with lung cancer just months apart.
Nationally the report revealed a positive trend in the survival rate of those with lung cancer, going from 17.2 percent a decade ago to 21.7 percent now.
The state of Iowa has a lot of work to do to fight lung cancer.
Member of the European Parliament, MEP Claudia Gamon, the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and Lung Cancer Europe (LuCE) are joining together to organise an event at the European Parliament.
Another oncologist, Dr Ashish Jaiswal cited daily lifestyle one of the reasons why people are getting more prone to deadly lung cancer.
The ESR and ERS believe that the European Commission's upcoming cancer plan should propose actions to strengthen the approach at every key stage of the disease - including prevention, early detection, rapid diagnosis, treatment, life as a cancer survivor or palliative care.
The report also said in Alabama, just 4.1% of those at high-risk for lung cancer were screened.
Survival: Lung cancer has one of the lowest five-year survival rates because cases are often diagnosed at later stages when it is less likely to be curable. Out of 48 states with available data, Alabama ranked 36th with 18% of lung cancer patients undergoing surgery during their initial treatments, which is lower than the national rate of 20.6%. The lack of treatment could be because the cancer had spread too far, because the patient was in too poor of health, or because the patient refused treatment. Utah ranks near the bottom with 23.6 percent and ranking 43rd out of 46 states.
The state has improved access to screening by covering it through its fee-for-service Medicaid program.