After the entry of Affordable Care Act, rates of infertility due to cervical cancer have reduced in younger women as the act allows them to remain on their parent's insurance.
An analysis of cancer data has showed that percentage of insured Americans between the ages of 19 and 25 surged after the introduction of Affordable Care Act.
‘Women in the US develop nearly 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer every year, and the disease kills 4,100 on an annual basis.
A comparative analysis of women aged 21 to 25 and women aged 26 to 34 showed that the proportion of insured women aged 21 to 25 who were diagnosed with early-stage cervical cancer had risen 9% while the proportion of women who received treatment that preserved their fertility rose nearly 12%.
The analysis was conducted by Dr Xuesong Han and colleagues at the American Cancer Society and they published the findings in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association
Dr Han cautioned that the early findings were encouraging, but not enough to prove definitively that the Affordable Care Act caused the increase in early diagnosis and fertility-saving treatment.
"The results are what we expected to find given the increase in insurance rates among young people. But a long-term study will help us really establish a causal relationship, and tell us what this means for care and outcomes, " she said.