While the United States sees less and less deadly cases of cancer with each year, not all parts enjoy the same rates of improvement. On the contrary, a new report indicates that rural regions go through a bigger impact of this condition than urban areas.
Rural Regions Are Harmed by a Limited Access to Health Care
On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new study that shows villages are more susceptible to developing new cases of cancer than in other parts. Not only that, but their number of fatal cases is higher as well. The most widely spread types of cancer are those influenced by tobacco, such as laryngeal and lung cancer, and those types that can be prevented through routine checks like cervical or colorectal cancers.
The report suggests that such high differences between rural and urban regions are caused by certain agents. For instance, rural areas are more susceptible to certain risk factors such as obesity, poor physical condition, and smoking. However, the most influential feature stands in limited access to health care. Therefore, there are a fewer diagnoses made in time that can prevent a fatal end than in other parts.
Around 15% of American Population Lives in Rural Areas
Rural Americans have a lower percentage of insured citizens. Federal health data show that their insurance doesn’t cover preventive services so well. Therefore, the report doesn’t link cancer rates to geographical positioning but to access to health care. Treatment opportunities, preventive measures, and early diagnosis are key factors in battling aggressive conditions as cancer is.
The CDC paper is the first of its kind that describes cancer rates in urban and rural settings. At least 46 million Americans live in rural areas which means 15% of the population. The findings of the survey highlight the poor health care services that this percentage of citizens have at their disposal.
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