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Medicaid Increasing Coverage of Aids For Tobacco Cessation

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State Medicaid programs have steadily increased coverage of tobacco dependence treatments since the mid-1990s, the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Trends Progress Report – 2009/2010 Update noted. Medicaid is a health insurance program run by federal and state governments for people who cannot afford regular medical care. In 1995, only three state Medicaid programs covered tobacco dependence treatments, but by 2006, 42 states and the District of Columbia covered some form of treatment. Two more states added coverage in 2007.

Keeping Tabs on Cancer Rates

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The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer that was released today shows continued declines in both the rate of new cancer cases and the rate of cancer deaths in the United States over the past several years. The incidence data used in the report were gathered from population-based cancer registries that participate in the NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program, and/or the CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR). Information on mortality rates comes from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). This article explores the role of population-based cancer registries.

NCI’s Role in International Cancer Research

The Global Burden of Cancer

The National Cancer Institute oversees the U.S. National Cancer Program and is also involved in the promotion of global health and cancer control. The National Cancer Act of 1971 directed the NCI to collect, analyze and disseminate research on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, to share cancer research information globally, and to support research being conducted by highly qualified foreign nationals outside the United States. The landmark law also mandated that NCI support collaborative research involving American and foreign participants, and support training of American scientists abroad and foreign scientists in the United States. As a special feature, this article includes an interview Benchmarks held with Dr. Richard Love on the topic of Conducting International Clinical Trials.