Fewer Americans Received Life-Saving Cancer Screenings During Recession

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., and studies have showen that colonoscopies can help prevent people dying from colon cancer. But the recession of 2008/2009 forced Americans to cut back on health care costs and as a result 500,000 fewer people with insurance underwent the preventive procedure, new research finds. The study concluded that people with higher out of pocket costs were less likely to be screened and that lowering cost barriers could significantly improve access to services. Under the Affordable Care Act though, preventative health screenings like colonoscopies must be covered without additional cost sharing and last year, about 86 million Americans took advantage of this benefit.