Researchers credit Obamacare with helping find early-stage cancer

(Reuters Health) – The Affordable Care Act likely extended the lives of thousands of seniors who took advantage of free screening exams and were diagnosed with treatable, early-stage colorectal cancer, a new study suggests.

“I think the prevention related provisions of the Affordable Care Act helped to detect cancer at earlie and more treatable stages and eventually will save lives,” said senior author Nengliang “Aaron” Yao, a health-policy professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville.

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