Breast imaging technologies market to hit $5B by 2017; Study support 10-year examination interval;

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> The breast imaging technologies market--encompassing digital mammography, 3D breast tomosynthesis, and breast MRI--will be worth around $5 billion in 2017, according to a report by MarketsandMarkets. While digital mammography continues to account for much of the breast imaging market (45 percent), the report states that concerns about sensitivity and false positives means that technologies, such as breast MRI, tomosynthesis and ultrasound are becoming increasingly important within the market. Announcement

> A study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that colonoscopy screening at 10-year intervals can prevent 40 percent of colorectal cancers for average risk patients. "Our findings support the 10-year examination interval recommended by existing guidelines for persons at average risk who have a negative colonoscopy," the authors reported. Article

> The largest ever study of male breast cancer treatment has found that the disease is treated differently in men than in women. According to researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, male breast cancer is treated with mastectomy more often than female breast cancer, and less often with radiation. Announcement

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> U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who's become the face of the controversy, blamed contractors for's launch as she fielded questions and accusations from Congress. Article

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> Despite millions of Americans gaining insurance coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals may still have to more effectively manage bad debt. Many individuals who purchase coverage through the health insurance exchanges are likely to purchase the lower-cost bronze health plans, which have higher out-of-pocket costs, including for ER visits and hospital stays, according to the Nashville Business Journal. The publication cited data linking higher out-of-pocket cost plans to higher levels of uncollected debt. Article

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