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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Increased Access to Healthcare Under ACA Led to Early Detection of Some Cancers, Study Indicates

The Wall Street Journal (5/17, Loftus, Subscription Publication) reports a study conducted by researchers with the American Cancer Society found that detection of some cancers occurred earlier thanks to increased healthcare access under the Affordable Care Act. Data show modest improvement in early detection rates for breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and lung cancer.

Bloomberg News (5/17, Cortez) reports that the number of patients “whose cancers were diagnosed at the earliest stage, when” they are “most likely to be cured, increased after” the ACA “went into effect and more citizens had access to health insurance.” Data indicate “a higher proportion of new breast, lung and colorectal tumors were detected at stage 1 in 2014 compared with a year earlier.” The study also found that this “shift to earlier diagnosis, particularly for colorectal and lung cancers, happened primarily in states that expanded access to Medicaid.” The results will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting next month. 

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