Category Archives: Access to Care

Report: One in Four Americans over 50 is Inactive

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the prevalence of physical inactivity among adults age 50 years and older. Inactivity is defined as no activity beyond what one has to do just to … Continue reading

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Many HIV-Infected Cancer Patients Lacking Treatment

A new study finds HIV-infected patients with cancer in the United States appear to be less likely to receive cancer treatment, regardless of insurance and other existing health conditions. The study, by researchers at the University of Utah, National Cancer … Continue reading

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The President’s Cancer Moonshot: An Opportunity to Save Lives

Otis Brawley, M.D., chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, today responded to the President’s call for a national effort to fight cancer. “The President’s commitment to a moonshot against cancer led by Vice President Biden is a galvanizing … Continue reading

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Colon Cancer Hotspots: More Similar to Romania and Russia than to Rest of the U.S.

The large drop in colorectal cancer death rates in the United States is one of the real success stories in cancer. But while the risk of death from colorectal cancer is at a historical low for most Americans, progress has lagged among residents … Continue reading

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Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer Screening

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday finalized a preliminary ruling made in November on the use of CT scans to screen smokers for lung cancer. The plan looks almost identical to the one proposed, with one important … Continue reading

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Why Do Black Women Have Higher Breast Cancer Death Rates?

A report from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that despite significant progress in breast cancer detection and treatment, black women experience higher death rates even though they have a lower incidence of breast cancer … Continue reading

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Study Finds Patients with Incurable Cancer May Think Chemotherapy Will Lead to a Cure

A study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine finds many patients receiving chemotherapy for incurable cancers may not understand that chemotherapy is unlikely to cure them, raising questions about whether they are receiving adequate information from their doctors when … Continue reading

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