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'The balance of risk has shifted': Cancer screenings plunge during pandemic

Cancer screenings in the U.S. have plunged since the start of the pandemic almost a year ago, prompting health advocates to increase calls for the public to stop postponing these potentially life-saving procedures. Fear of getting COVID-19 at screening centers and job losses that have affected insurance coverage are among the factors driving this dangerous trend.... Read more»

Cultural barriers challenge Native Americans seeking cancer treatment

Despite some strides in improving health care access and treatment in Indian Country, cultural barriers still prevent patients from asking for help or getting treatment.... Read more»

Study: HPV linked to heart disease

A new study suggests that the human papillomavirus, one of the most common sexually transmitted viruses in the United States, may also cause cardiovascular disease.... Read more»

Perry 'hates' cancer, but budget cuts slash HPV tests

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and lawmakers curtailed funding for Planned Parenthood earlier this year by cutting the state's family planning budget by nearly 66 percent. In Texas, these state-funded family planning services have included birth control, STD testing, breast cancer exams, and pap smears that screen for HPV, the virus that can lead to cervical cancer — but not abortions.... Read more»