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Cancer Survival Rates Affected By Health Insurance Status

By wochit 05 October 2016

Two large studies published online on Monday suggest that surviving certain cancers in America could depend on your health insurance status. The findings, published in the journal "Cancer," add to evidence linking poor outcomes and inadequate health coverage. Researchers found that in In the case of testicular cancer, patients who were uninsured or had Medicaid were at greater risk of death from their disease than patients with other insurance. Researchers identified more than 10,000 men diagnosed with testicular cancer between 2007 and 2011, and used population-based data from the U.S. National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program in their research. According to an editorial published alongside the findings, the scientists concluded that "Adequate health care should be considered an inalienable human right."