A new study showed that rural Americans have a higher risk of dying from one of the five leading cause of death compared to those who live in urban areas. In 2014 a lot of deaths in the rural areas of US were preventable including 19,000 from cancer, 25,000 from heart diseases, and 12,000 from unintentional injuries.
The percentage of deaths that were preventable was lower in urban areas than in rural areas. This report was released by CDC. The report shows that there is a big difference between health care in urban areas and in rural areas.
Almost 46 million Americans live in rural areas. This means more than 15% of the US population. The report showed that there are a lot of factors that increase the risk of death when it comes to the risk of death.
The report also showed that people who live in rural areas of the US tend to be sicker and older than those who live in urban area. They also have higher rates of high blood pressure, obesity, and smoking. Other factors that increase the chances of death are the lower use of seatbelts and less physical activity.
Rural Americans also tend to have less access to healthcare and higher rate of poverty. Those who completed the report also mentioned that people from rural areas in the US need to know more about health care and how to prevent diseases.
Another problem that was mentioned was that people who live in rural places had to travel a higher distance in order to get to a hospital or a trauma center. CDC said that these problems can be solved if the healthcare providers in rural areas screened patients for blood pressure, increase early detection of cancer.
People should get tested and screened at least once a year in order to avoid dangerous conditions. If they do those tests they can also detect diseases like cancer in early stage and it would be easier to treat them. People also need to give up their bad habits like smoking and drinking alcohol.
What is your opinion about this study? Did you know that people who live in rural areas have a higher risk of dying?
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