Uninsured found to have more severe cases of prostate cancer

Nov 11, 2010

Men without insurance were more likely to have severe cases of prostate cancer than those with coverage

A cancer diagnosis can be a devastating experience for anyone. Even once in remission, the effects of the disease can still be felt through potentially higher health and life insurance premiums.

One of the best ways to ensure successful treatment of cancer is through early detection. A study from the American Cancer Society reveals that there is a relationship between prostrate cancer severity and health insurance.

According to the study, uninsured and those with Medicaid had higher PSA and levels and a higher Gleason score, even after adjusting for socioeconomic, age, and race.

The study authors wrote that their research "highlights the importance of continued research to reduce uncertainties about the prevention and early detection of prostate cancer, prognostic factors and improved treatment."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 28,000 men died from prostate cancer in 2006. Older men and those with a family history of the disease are at an increased risk for being diagnosed with the condition. While more common in African-Americans than their white counterparts, the CDC says prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men regardless of race.

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