The Need to Expand Lung Cancer Screening Criteria

Since lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide because most patients are diagnosed when they already have advanced disease, effective screening is of the utmost importance.The United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for all individuals aged 55 to 80 with a smoking history of 30 or more pack years—a pack year being the number of packs smoked per day multiplied by the number of years a person has smoked—who either currently smoke or ha...
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Birth Defects and Pediatric Cancer: An Interview With Philip J. Lupo, PhD, MPH

​In their recently published study, Philip J. Lupo, PhD, MPH, and colleagues found that both chromosomal anomalies and nonchromosomal birth defects significantly increase a child's risk of receiving a cancer diagnosis before his or her 18th birthday. In this interview with i3 Health, Dr. Lupo discusses his findings and the future directions of this research.Can you comment on the significance of your results concerning the link between birth defects and pediatric cancer risk?Philip J. Lupo, PhD,...
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Birth Defects Linked to Childhood Cancer

Both chromosomal anomalies and nonchromosomal birth defects substantially increase the risk of childhood cancer, a new study reports.Around one in 33 children has a birth defect. Some birth defects have already been linked to childhood cancer. For example, trisomy 21—the presence of an extra #21 chromosome, which causes Down syndrome—is associated with acute leukemia. However, an overall determination of increase in childhood cancer risk in those with birth defects has been limited by small samp...
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The Affordable Care Act: Impact on Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis With Anna Jo Smith, MD, MPH, MSc

The 2010 Affordable Care Act expanded access to health insurance for many Americans. In a study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2019 Annual Meeting, Anna Jo Smith, MD, MPH, MSc, and Amanda Nickels Fader, MD, found that the Affordable Care Act led to earlier diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. In this interview with i3 Health, Dr. Smith, a gynecology and obstetrics resident at Johns Hopkins Medicine, discusses the implications of her study's results.What led y...
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Ovarian Cancer: Affordable Care Act Increased Early Diagnosis

According to researchers, expanded access to health insurance as a result of the implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) led to earlier diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer.For the study, results of which were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2019 Annual Meeting, the investigators used a difference-in-differences approach to compare stage at diagnosis and time to treatment before and after the ACA between two groups of women with ovarian cancer: tho...
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