Increased Access, Earlier Diagnoses

An increase in early-stage cervical cancer diagnoses in young women in the US is likely due to better health care access thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

American Cancer Society researchers studied young women with cancer diagnoses before and after ACA’s 2010 rollout, which let dependents stay on their parent’s health insurance until age 26. “About 79 percent of the younger group had an early-stage diagnosis in 2011-12, up from about 71 percent in 2007-09,” a New York Times story reports.

Early diagnosis of cervical cancer increases odds for survival and for preserving fertility during treatment.

The New York Times

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