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America's Uninsured Crisis: Consequences for Health and Health Care - Institute of Medicine

America's Uninsured Crisis: Consequences for Health and Health Care - Institute of Medicine | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it

America's Uninsured Crisis: Consequences for Health and Health Care - Institute of Medicine For decades, the health insurance crisis has grown without any decisive action by policy makers to stop it. SCOTUS decision released today...

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The New Cancer Survivors

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Extraordinary advances have turned cancer from an apparent death sentence into a manageable chronic illness for many. But what does it mean to live with a terminal disease...interminably?

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DOD BCRP in Jeopardy TODAY– Ask your Senators to Oppose McCain Amendment #1482

DOD BCRP in Jeopardy TODAY– Ask your Senators to Oppose McCain Amendment #1482 | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it

**URGENT**: Call your Senators RIGHT NOW to save the Department of Defense ‪#‎BreastCancer‬ Research Program (DOD BCRP).
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is offering an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on the Senate floor TODAY which would do irreparable damage to the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. Please call your Senators NOW and give them the following message:
1. Please vote against the McCain Amendment #1482 to the NDAA
2. This amendment would do irreparable damage to the DOD BCRP – one of the most efficient, innovative and successful government programs.
3. As a breast cancer survivor/activist, the DOD BCRP is incredibly important to me and has produced results which have directly benefited survivors like me, including those who have served and currently serve our country in the armed forces.
Find your Senators here: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

OR use this Link: http://www.capwiz.com/aacr/dbq/officials/


Learn more about the DOD BCRP: http://www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org/…/priority-2-150-mi…;


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Don't “Fast Track” Away Our Health

Don't “Fast Track” Away Our Health | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it

"Tomorrow, lawmakers will vote on a bill that would allow the President to quickly pass, i.e. “Fast Track,” an international trade deal that would be extremely detrimental to both breast cancer patients and breast cancer prevention.

This “Fast Track” bill would give the President the authority to push multinational trade deals, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), through Congress by restricting lawmakers’ ability to debate or amend these deals.

The TPP is a sweeping “free trade” deal negotiated in secret by the United States and 11 other countries, with the “help” of more than 600 corporate advisors, including institutions and corporations that produce policies or products linked to breast cancer like the American Chemistry Council and Chevron.

Leaked texts of the TPP shows that the trade deal threatens access to affordable, effective treatments for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and undermines efforts to reduce toxic exposures that increase our risk of breast cancer in the first place.

This "Fast Track" bill has already passed out of the Senate. The House plans to hold the final vote on “Fast Track” tomorrow. Thousands of activists are mobilizing against this bill.

Please join them and contact your Representative now to tell them not to “Fast Track” away our health!"


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This is about making sure we have innovation with pharmaceutical companies, access to medicines and stop the use of toxic chemicals in products that cause disease especially cancer. 


To TAKE ACTION go to: http://cqrcengage.com/bcaction/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=108537


To find out more about the issue here are some articles. 

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/6/11/backlash_against_tpp_grows_as_leaked


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/11/business/international/us-shifts-stance-on-drug-pricing-in-pacific-trade-pact-talks-document-reveals.html?_r=0


For nfo on the bill go to: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/06/10/business/international/document-annex-of-proposed-pacific-trade-accord.html







Susan Zager's curator insight, June 11, 5:19 PM

This is about making sure we have innovation with pharmaceutical companies, access to medicines and stop the use of toxic chemicals in products that cause disease especially cancer. 


To TAKE ACTION go to: http://cqrcengage.com/bcaction/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=108537


To find out more about the issue here are some articles. 

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/6/11/backlash_against_tpp_grows_as_leaked


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/11/business/international/us-shifts-stance-on-drug-pricing-in-pacific-trade-pact-talks-document-reveals.html?_r=0


For nfo on the bill go to: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/06/10/business/international/document-annex-of-proposed-pacific-trade-accord.html

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Powerful films from 5 young people: What health inequality looks like in the US

Powerful films from 5 young people: What health inequality looks like in the US | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
For some of us, it's easy to choose to be healthy -- to eat well, to exercise, to live in a part of town with trees and parks. But for many more of us, it isn't easy, and we don’t have that choice....

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Why Survival Rate Is Not the Best Way to Judge Cancer Spending

Why Survival Rate Is Not the Best Way to Judge Cancer Spending | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it

In 2012, a study published in Health Affairs argued that the big money we spend on health care in the United States is worth it, at least when it comes to cancer. The researchers found that the survival gains seen in the United States equated to more than $550 billion in additional value, more than the difference in spending.

This research depended on survival rates. A new study was recently published in the same journal, but using mortality rates. That study found that cancer care in the United States might provide significantly less value than that in Western Europe.

Which should you believe? It’s worth exploring these two studies, and their metrics of choice, to get a better understanding of whether what we are spending in the United States really is worth it.

Mortality rates are determined by taking the number of people who die of a certain cause in a year and dividing it by the total number of people in a population. For instance, the mortality rate for men with lung cancer in the United States, according to the Seer database, is 61.6 per 100,000 people.

Survival rates describe the number of people who live a certain length of time after a diagnosis. The five-year survival rate for people found to have lung cancer is 16.8 percent.


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ASTRO Applauds Bipartisan Legislation to Repeal the SGR and Urges Swift Passage to Strengthen Medicare and to Protect Patient Care

ASTRO Applauds Bipartisan Legislation to Repeal the SGR and Urges Swift Passage to Strengthen Medicare and to Protect Patient Care | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
FAIRFAX, VA--(Marketwired - March 25, 2015) - The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) commends Congressional leadership for introduction of the "Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act" (H.R. 2) and urges swift passage during votes in the House and Senate later this week. ASTRO also held its 12th Annual Advocacy...
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Two Events, One Lesson: Increase Federal Support for Cancer Research

Two Events, One Lesson: Increase Federal Support for Cancer Research | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
In 2014, NIH research funding for cancer was $56 million less than it was in 2010. This means we now have to fight for increased funding at a time when potentially monumental breakthroughs are in our grasp. In the war against cancer we've had to open...
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Women’s Health Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 448)

Women’s Health Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 448) | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
To protect a woman's right to determine whether and when to bear a child or end a pregnancy by limiting restrictions on the provision of abortion services.
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State of Texas In-Depth: Cancer care issues

State of Texas In-Depth: Cancer care issues | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
This week on State of Texas In-Depth, we take a closer look at some of the big issues facing cancer care in the state.
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Re-introduction of colorectal cancer bill removes barriers to life-saving screenings | Opinion

Re-introduction of colorectal cancer bill removes barriers to life-saving screenings | Opinion | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
By Donald M. Payne, Jr. and Leonard Lance It may never feel like a "good time" to have a colonoscopy. You might think that the procedure is too invasive and unpleasant or that it cuts into your busy schedule --...
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Ellmers reintroduces legislation to preserve care for cancer patients - Ripon Advance

Ellmers reintroduces legislation to preserve care for cancer patients - Ripon Advance | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) reintroduced the Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2015 on Wednesday, legislation that would prevent the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from including services for cancer patients on Medicare in its sequestration cuts. “I Read more...
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MIT Study: Cancer drug costs have skyrocketed. Survival rates? Not so much.

MIT Study: Cancer drug costs have skyrocketed. Survival rates? Not so much. | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
In 1995, cancer drugs cost $54,100 for each year of life they were estimated to add. By 2013, these drugs shot up to $207,000, according to a new MIT study....
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Hospitals' Facebook ratings may reflect quality of care

Hospitals' Facebook ratings may reflect quality of care | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
Score one more for the power of social media: Patients' Facebook ratings of hospitals appear to correlate with a widely used metric of care quality, a new study found.

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Dying cancer patients could volunteer to be medical guinea pigs under new law

Dying cancer patients could volunteer to be medical guinea pigs under new law | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
Chris Heaton-Harris MP's new Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill will make it easier for doctors to try untested drugs on patients without the fear of being sued.
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Senate Amendment Threatens DOD Breast Cancer Research Program (DOD BCRP)

Senate Amendment Threatens DOD Breast Cancer Research Program (DOD BCRP) | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it

Take Action!

The Senate is currently considering the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (HR 1735). Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has filed an amendment (#1483) that if passed, would severely restrict the types of medical research that could be funded by the Department of Defense and would serve a devastating blow to DOD funding for Breast Cancer Research. Contact your Senators and urge them to oppose McCain amendment #1482.


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The Senate is currently considering the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (HR 1735). Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has filed an amendment (#1483) that if passed, would severely restrict the types of medical research that could be funded by the Department of Defense and would serve a devastating blow to DOD funding for Breast Cancer Research. Contact your Senators and urge them to oppose McCain amendment #1482.

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Susan Zager's curator insight, June 12, 1:41 PM

This is a prewritten letter that you can send to let your Senators know how important it is that we don't lose funding for the very successful Breast Cancer Research Program. funded by the Department of Defense. It only takes a minute to put your name and address in and your email will be sent to Congress. 


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Why More Healthcare Professionals Are Using Social Media

Why More Healthcare Professionals Are Using Social Media | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
An ever increasing number of medical and healthcare professionals are changing their relationship with the public by embracing the power of social media...

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Beyond Evidence-Based Policy in Public Health: The Interplay of Ideas by Katherine Smith

Beyond Evidence-Based Policy in Public Health: The Interplay of Ideas by Katherine Smith | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
In this book, Katherine Smith offers an insightful analysis of evidence-based policy, providing an interesting typology with which to deepen our exploration of the relationship between research and...

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US womens awareness of breast density varies

US womens awareness of breast density varies | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
Disparities exist regarding the level of awareness and knowledge of breast density among US women, according to a study.
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Medicare Payment Reform in Cancer Care Long Overdue

Medicare Payment Reform in Cancer Care Long Overdue | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
Reforming payment plans would especially help community-based cancer centers.
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Income inequality affects who gets an underutilized test for breast cancer | UCLA

Income inequality affects who gets an underutilized test for breast cancer | UCLA | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it

"Wealthier women who live in communities with the greatest income divide between rich and poor had better access to a new genetic test that can determine the most effective form of treatment for early-stage breast cancer, according to a new study (link is password-protected) by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Aetna. The study, published in the April issue of the journal Health Affairs, also indicated that only a small minority of women with breast cancer received the test at all.

“Our study shows that even among women who have insurance, where they live and how income is distributed in their community were closely linked to their chance of getting access to an effective innovation in the early years of its diffusion,” said Ninez Ponce, associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and lead author of the study.

The Gene Expression Profiling test is an early example of a “precision medicine” genomic test that estimates a patient’s risk of having a recurrence of a disease. According to current medical evidence, a woman with early-stage, estrogen-receptor–positive, lymph-node–negative breast cancer with a low-risk GEP test score may not benefit from adding chemotherapy to her treatment plan, while a woman with a high-risk score would benefit and should consider including chemotherapy in her treatment. More than 100,000 women are diagnosed with this type of breast cancer every year.

The study is based on a survey of 1,847 women between the ages of 35 of 64 who were insured through an Aetna health plan and were newly diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and 2007. Of those, 235 (12.7 percent) had the GEP test."


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Susan Zager's curator insight, April 8, 10:25 AM

Interesting study!

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Colombia drug debate revived as herbicide deemed carcinogen

Colombia drug debate revived as herbicide deemed carcinogen | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
The new labeling of the world's most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the...
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Breast Health: Breast Cancer Biopsies Often Misdiagnosed, May Require A ... - Medical Daily

Breast Health: Breast Cancer Biopsies Often Misdiagnosed, May Require A ... - Medical Daily | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
In a new study, pathologists made the correct call less than half the time in cases of atypical ductal hyperplasia, a precancer that could lead to invasive tumors.
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Protecting the Public Is Not a Hobby

Protecting the Public Is Not a Hobby | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
Cancer is not laughable -- it is devastating, and I am disgusted that this particular legislation is being sold as something that would protect the public....
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Congress Pressures FDA to Finalize Opioid Guidance

Congress Pressures FDA to Finalize Opioid Guidance | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
Threatens to shift $20 million from agency if abuse-deterrent guidance isn't settled by June.
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