Supplemental For the Heartland, By the Heartland
Country living, wide open spaces and fresh air are identifiable parts of your life. Yet, people living in small towns and rural America are more likely to die from cancer than those in urban areas. Read on to learn more about these findings and how Platinum is helping combat these health risks in the heartland.
In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that deaths from cancer are higher in rural America compared to their urban counterparts. Despite a decrease in the nationwide cancer death rate, the CDC found a slower reduction in cancer death rates in rural America compared to urban America. 1
What causes these gaps in healthcare for rural residents? According to the CDC, this disparity is in part due to higher rates of cigarette smoking, high blood pressure and obesity and less engagement in leisurely physical activity. Plus, residents of rural areas are reported to have less access to healthcare and are less likely to have health insurance.
The best place to start in lowering your cancer risk is with gradual lifestyle choices:
- Learn more about healthy eating.
- Find activities you enjoy that increase your physical activity.
- Cut out tobacco.
- Schedule annual health screenings and tests.
Platinum is based in Dubuque, Iowa, so we understand the unique needs of our rural customers. Our sales representatives meet one-on-one with families throughout the heartland, striving to protect them from the out-of-pocket costs related to critical illness, including cancer. By meeting directly with our customers, we get to see and hear how we can continue to design products to meet their needs.
In case you or a covered loved one is diagnosed with cancer, under your Platinum-marketed policy, you can receive a direct cash benefit to help offset out-of-pocket costs, such as increased travel expenses and lodging. And, since many Platinum-marketed policies cover several screenings and diagnostic tests, you can be proactive about your health with early detection.
For many of our customers, this added financial security has increased the likelihood they will seek the care they need. At Platinum, it’s our mission to market the best products and services to address the unique needs of the thousands of families we serve in the heartland, so you can focus on recovery—not expenses.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of your Platinum-marketed policy, call our friendly and knowledgeable customer service team at 1-855-637-6550.
1 (2017, July 6). New CDC report shows deaths from cancer higher in rural America. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0706-rural-cancer-deaths.html.
2 (2017, Jan 12). Rural Americans at higher risk of death from five leading causes. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0112-rural-death-risk.html
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