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Colorectal Cancer Updates 2015

Why Is Colorectal Cancer Targeting the Young?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A 36-year-old father of two on dialysis, a health-conscious 25-year-old woman with suspected pelvic inflammatory disease, and a fit 31-year-old woman with a history of Crohn disease. All of these people shared something unexpected in common: colorectal cancer (CRC).

Long considered a disease of an aging population, CRC is now targeting individuals younger than 50 years, sometimes decades before the recommended age for undergoing the first screening colonoscopy.

Financial burden of cancer survivorship varies by age

Monday, December 28, 2015

Survivors of cancer pay thousands of dollars in excess medical expenditures every year, with the excess financial burden varying by age and cancer site, according to a new American Cancer Society study. The study, appearing early online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, says targeted efforts will be important to reduce the economic burden of cancer.

Medicare Payment Changes Lead More Men To Get Screening Colonoscopies

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Men are getting more screening colonoscopies since the health law reduced how much Medicare beneficiaries pay out of pocket for the preventive tests, a recent study found. The change, however, didn’t affect women’s rates.

The study, published in the December issue of Health Affairs, compared rates of screening for colorectal cancer among people age 66 to 75 before and after the health law passed in 2010. Starting in 2011, that law waived the Medicare Part B deductible (which totals $147 annually in 2015) and eliminated the requirement that beneficiaries pay 20 percent of the cost for screening colonoscopies.

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