December 2015 ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

National Survey Finds Inconsistent Physician HPV Vaccine Recommendations

In a recent article published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, authors from the Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute found that physicians recommended the “HPV vaccine inconsistently, behind schedule, or without urgency.” Authors suggest these findings can support improvements in HPV vaccine communication.

Uninsured and Adults on Medicaid Twice as Likely to Smoke

American adults who are uninsured or on Medicaid smoke at rates more than double those for adults with private health insurance or Medicare, according to a study published by the CDC in November 12th’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Data from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) show that 27.9 percent of uninsured adults and 29.1 percent of Medicaid recipients currently smoke. By contrast, 12.9 percent of adults with private insurance and 12.5 percent of those on Medicare currently smoke. An infographic with this data was developed to supplement the report. 

USA Today: Cancer Preys on Rural America

In a recent article, USA Today shared stories from Rural America that depict cancer’s toll on our country’s least populated areas. 

Addressing Cancer Survivorship Through Public Health Research, Surveillance, and Programs

CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control sponsored a special supplement in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine entitled, Addressing Cancer Survivorship Through Public Health Research, Surveillance, and Programs. About 14.5 million men, women, and children are living after being diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Cancer survivors often face physical, emotional, social, and financial challenges as a result of their diagnosis and treatment. The public health community has an essential role in addressing their needs. Public health interventions can reduce cancer recurrence, second cancers, and treatment side effects or consequences, improving survivors’ quality of life.

New Study Finds Increase in Earlier Cervical Cancer Diagnoses Since Affordable Care Act

In a recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, authors from the American Cancer Society and Emory University suggest an association between increased detection of early stage cervical cancers and the Affordable Care Act’s rule to allow adults aged 19-25 to remain on their parents’ health insurance. The authors recommend continued monitoring of “cancer care and outcomes in populations targeted by the ACA.”