More Breast Cancers Have Been Diagnosed Early Since Obamacare Took Effect

After the Affordable Care Act eliminated out-of-pocket costs for mammograms, a significant uptick in cancers were caught during stage 1, when treatment is more effective, a new study found.

As the Senate debates whether to vote this week on the Republicans’ proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new study has been released—finding that after the ACA became law in 2011, more women with breast cancer were diagnosed early, in stage 1 of the disease.

Diagnosing breast cancer while it’s still in stage 1 can improve patients’ prognosis and reduce the need for intensive and costly treatments, the study authors wrote in the journal Cancer Epidemiology. And it’s likely that such an increase has saved lives, they wrote.

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