Cancer screening

New data shows ACA reduced racial disparities in cancer treatment access

The Affordable Care Act decreased racial disparities in access to cancer and increased early detection of ovarian cancer, according to a new study reported on by the Washington Post.

By the numbers: While black adults with advanced cancer were 4.8% less likely to receive timely treatment pre-ACA, in states that have expanded Medicaid, that gap between black and white patients has almost completely closed.

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Google AI successfully IDs lung cancer

A Google artificial intelligence system was better than 6 radiologists at identifying whether patients had lung cancer, according to a new Nature Medicine study reported on by Stat News.

How it worked: When looking at a single CT scan, the algorithm detected 5% more cancers than the humans and reduced false positives by 11%. When prior images of patients were included in the evaluation, the algorithm performed the same as the radiologists.