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Decrease in Presentation of High-Risk PSA Levels May Be Associated with Medicaid Expansion

A decrease in the proportion of young men presenting with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) greater than 20 ng/mL at the time of prostate cancer diagnosis was found to be associated with Medicaid expansion states, according to a recent study published in Cancer.

The data indicates that Medicaid expansion in states improved access to prostate cancer screenings for the investigated population.

“We sought to measure the correlation between Medicaid expansion and access to prostate cancer screening by assessing the proportion of men presenting with a high-risk PSA level (≥20 ng/mL) at the time of prostate cancer diagnosis, which is associated with a greater risk of disease recurrence after prostate cancer treatment and worse survival after a prostate cancer diagnosis,” wrote the researchers.

From 2012-2016, there was a statistically significant increase (18.9% to 19.8%) in the…

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