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Private insurance may aid early cancer detection

Managed Care Weekly Advisor, June 13, 2007

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), uninsured Americans or those with certain types of public health insurance, are more likely to be diagnosed with oral or breast cancer later in life than those with private insurance. The findings were published in the July 15 issue of the ACS' journal Cancer.

Public healthcare subscribers, specifically low-income families with Medicaid, were also likely to have the largest tumors and most advanced stages of cancer. Uninsured breast cancer patients and those covered by Medicaid were nearly 2.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with advanced cancer.

The authors of the two studies say improved access and regularly scheduled cancer screening programs for the uninsured and insured alike could help close the gap in diagnosis and treatment.

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