publication date: Jul. 13, 2018
ACA credited with earlier diagnosis of gynecologic cancers in young women
The gains in insurance coverage with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have translated into improved health for young women with gynecologic cancers, who are getting diagnosed at earlier stages of their disease because of ACA benefits, a study by Johns Hopkins Medicine found.
The study examined nationwide trends in gynecologic cancer diagnosis in a large population of women before and after the ACA’s implementation in 2010. The results were published in the June issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Women of all ages are at risk for gynecologic cancers, which include cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar cancers. However, rates of these cancers—linked to both obesity and infection with human papilloma virus—are rising in young women. Each year in the U.S., about 2,000 women under the age of 26 are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer.
In this population, early diagnosis is critical to treatment success and the ability to maintain fertility after treatment, according to Amanda Fader, associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and senior author of the new study.
Fader and her team credit the ACA for the improvement in early diagnosis because one of the key parts of the health care law was the dependent coverage mandate, which allows young adults to stay on their parent’s health insurance through age 26. Nationwide, before the ACA, one in three women aged 19–26 were uninsured; since the new health care legislation went into effect, less than one in five of these women are uninsured.
For the study, Fader and Anna Jo Bodurtha Smith, a gynecology … Continue reading ACA credited with earlier diagnosis of gynecologic cancers in young women
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