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One in Five Cancers in the United States Is Classified as Rare

One in Five Cancers in the United States Is Classified as Rare

Little-known malignancies are harder to diagnose and treat, and appear with far greater frequency in children and teens.

ASCO: Early Detection of Cancers Has Risen Since Affordable Care Act

ASCO: Early Detection of Cancers Has Risen Since Affordable Care Act

An increased number of cancers have been diagnosed early since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a study.

Plan Suggests Ways for Reducing Health Care Costs

Plan Suggests Ways for Reducing Health Care Costs

Nine-point plan includes streamlining in billing, reduction in high facility fees, reducing drug costs

PAS: Internet Info Can Affect Parent Trust in Doctors' Diagnosis

PAS: Internet Info Can Affect Parent Trust in Doctors' Diagnosis

Computer-generated diagnoses may mislead patients or parents, research indicates.

Many Americans Concerned About ACA Repeal

Many Americans Concerned About ACA Repeal

Only twenty percent of Americans support repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but overall opinions differ by political affiliation.

Indoor Tanning Costs United States Millions of Dollars in Health Care Costs

Indoor Tanning Costs United States Millions of Dollars in Health Care Costs

Skin cancers from ultraviolet light in tanning devices totaled $343.1 million in 2015 alone, researchers say.

A Call for Greater Scrutiny of Industry-sponsored Patient Advocacy Groups

A Call for Greater Scrutiny of Industry-sponsored Patient Advocacy Groups

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Questions over potential bias in the activities of industry-supported patient advocacy groups spark the call for closer review and transparency.

Excessive FDA Regulation Driving High Drug Prices

Excessive FDA Regulation Driving High Drug Prices

First-in-class drugs are fast-tracked while follow-on drugs can take up to 15 years to be approved by the FDA.

Cancer Mortality Rates Continue to Drop in the United States

Cancer Mortality Rates Continue to Drop in the United States

Cancer mortality rates in the United States have dropped, according to a new ACS report.

Urgent Need for Sustainable Cancer Registries Around the World

Urgent Need for Sustainable Cancer Registries Around the World

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Cancer registries are very valuable epidemiologic tools, but their global coverage varies.

<i>BRCA</i> Testing, Not Mastectomies, Show Increase After Jolie Editorial

BRCA Testing, Not Mastectomies, Show Increase After Jolie Editorial

More women tested for the BRCA genes but no corresponding increase in mastectomy rates

Number of Cancer Cases and Deaths Up Globally

Number of Cancer Cases and Deaths Up Globally

Researchers cite population aging and growth as a factor in rising cancer incidence.

CDC: Tobacco-Linked Cancers Still Make Up 40 Percent of All Cancers

CDC: Tobacco-Linked Cancers Still Make Up 40 Percent of All Cancers

Fewer people smoking, but cancer burden still high in the U.S.

High U.S. Economic Burden for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

High U.S. Economic Burden for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

A recent study examined the current economic burden attributable to vaccine-preventable diseases among U.S. adults.

U.S. Health Care System Ranks Among Least Efficient Worldwide

U.S. Health Care System Ranks Among Least Efficient Worldwide

The United States has remained near the bottom of the Bloomberg Health-Care Efficiency Index since its creation in 2012.

Health Insurance Expansion Linked to Improved CRC Resection Rates

Health Insurance Expansion Linked to Improved CRC Resection Rates

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The model for the Affordable Care Act, the 2006 Massachusetts health care reform, was associated with increased resection rates and a reduced risk for emergency resection in patients with colorectal cancer.

Economic Burden of U.S. Opioid Epidemic is 78.5 Billion Dollars Annually

Economic Burden of U.S. Opioid Epidemic is 78.5 Billion Dollars Annually

Patient abuse of opioids costs the U.S. economy $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of health care, lost productivity, and treatment programs.

CDC: Not Enough Adults Over 50 Exercise Regularly

CDC: Not Enough Adults Over 50 Exercise Regularly

Inactivity boosts risk for falls, broken bones, serious disease, and early death, CDC warns.

Some Older Adults Use High-risk Methods to Obtain Opioids

Some Older Adults Use High-risk Methods to Obtain Opioids

Almost 15 percent of older adults surveyed used high-risk methods for obtaining prescription opioids, according to a recent study.

ACA Is Helping Americans Afford Prescriptions

ACA Is Helping Americans Afford Prescriptions

Improvement seen in all age levels, but millions still struggle with the cost of prescription drugs

Cancer Now Leading Cause of Death in Many European Nations

Cancer Now Leading Cause of Death in Many European Nations

Gains against cardiovascular disease, especially in Western Europe, is likely a cause for the shift.

Obesity in Cancer Survivors on the Rise

Obesity in Cancer Survivors on the Rise

Estimated rate of annual increase in obesity prevalence higher for adults with history of cancer

VP Biden Talks About the Role of CancerLinQ at ASCO 2016

VP Biden Talks About the Role of CancerLinQ at ASCO 2016

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At the 2016 ASCO meeting, Vice President Joe Biden spoke about his vision for comprehensive data-sharing as part of the Cancer MoonShot initiative.

Survey Highlights Barriers to Global Data Sharing

Survey Highlights Barriers to Global Data Sharing

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Funding, informatics system, clinical data capture, and European data protection legislation were considered the greatest barriers to effective data sharing.

More Data Needed on Cancer Treatment Costs

More Data Needed on Cancer Treatment Costs

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More transparency regarding the costs of various treatment regimens in real time is needed to "choose wisely" for patients, providers, and payers.

Water Contaminated With Arsenic Linked to Skin Cancer in U.S.

Water Contaminated With Arsenic Linked to Skin Cancer in U.S.

Association occurred at arsenic concentrations below 2001 EPA maximum.

Significant Increase in US Cancer Center Advertising Seen in Past Decade

Significant Increase in US Cancer Center Advertising Seen in Past Decade

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US cancer centers have dramatically increased their spending on advertising to promote their services, and the bulk of this spending was by for-profit organizations.

Health Care Reform Has No Impact on Role of Safety-Net Hospitals in Providing Care to Minority Patient Populations

Health Care Reform Has No Impact on Role of Safety-Net Hospitals in Providing Care to Minority Patient Populations

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After implementation of health insurance reforms in Massachusetts that also expanded access to care to non-safety-net hospitals, researchers found that minority-serving hospitals are vital to providing care for these patient populations.

U.S. Cancer Survivors Aging, Battling Other Chronic Conditions

U.S. Cancer Survivors Aging, Battling Other Chronic Conditions

Likelihood of other chronic conditions will stress health care system in next two decades, as more patients with cancer live longer.

AAMC Institutes Multipronged Approach to Alleviate Impending Physician Shortage

AAMC Institutes Multipronged Approach to Alleviate Impending Physician Shortage

AAMC promotes multipronged approach to address the expected physician shortage, including federal support, technology, care delivery changes.

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