Colonoscopies fail to increase under ACA: 3 key notes

The ACA's goal of increasing preventive cancer screenings was partially successful, Health Leaders Media reports.

A study published in CANCER found that while mammographies increased under the ACA, colonoscopies did not.

Researchers examined data sets for women 70-years-old and older who had not undergone a mammography in at least two years, and for men and women 70-years-old and older who had not undergone a colonoscopy in five years.

Here's what you should know.

1. The ACA eliminated many of the out-of-pocket costs associated with preventive cancer screening.

2. The researchers found more women across economic subgroups underwent mammograms than men or women who sought out colonoscopies.

3. The researchers suspect colonoscopy rates didn't increase because of the need for bowel preparation before a procedure.

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