A study on certain types of cancer screening in the US has shown very discouraging results. Fewer Americans, it revealed, were being screened for three major cancers - breast, cervical and colorectal. The report was based on a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Cancer Institute in 2010.
The three types of cancers were chosen for scrutiny because there is evidence that, for certain age groups, screening for these cancers can reduce illness and save lives. The survey results, however, showed that adults who lacked insurance or regular access to a doctor didn't get screened. This was partly because the recession caused worker lay-offs and cut health benefits.
The health care reform law, to be introduced in 2014 will ensure that all Americans have access to vital preventive care. It already eliminates cost-sharing for screenings in Medicare and new private policies. Starting in 2014, it will expand Medicaid for the poor and provide subsidies to help middle-income people buy private health insurance.