Protecting yourself from cancer, strokes, heart attacks and recovering both physically and financially
By Adam Ratcliffe
Everyone understands the importance of protecting both your physical and financial health. There’s no better feeling than waking up in the morning knowing that you’re healthy, confident, and secure. A sound peace of mind can definitely be attributed to expecting the unexpected and being prepared for all obstacles life throws at you. However, a major health issue such as heart attack, strokes, and heart attacks never come at a good time, often leaving a substantial financial burden long after recovery. Even with a personal health plan, out-of-pocket costs can start to add up.
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Although less common amongst younger people, a dramatic health event can still take place. According to the American Stroke Association, the incidence of stroke among adults ages 49 and younger in the U.S. has continued to increase over the last 30 years.
Planning ahead can remedy much of the financial burden a major health problem can put on you. A supplement health policy is one way you can alleviate some of that strain.
Cancer’s effect on bodies, minds, and finances:
Not only can this insidious disease be incredibly detrimental to the patient’s physical health but also their financial health. Moreover, preventative screenings are one way to avoid costs building up, by catching risk factors early can save you money in the long run.
Cancer Screenings recommendations by age :
- Cervical Cancer– recommend screening age starting at age 25
- Breast Cancer– recommended screening age starting at age 45, starting at 40 optional
- Colorectal Cancer– recommended screening age starting at 45
- Lung Cancer– recommended screening age starting at 50
- Prostate Cancer– talk to your doctor starting at 45
Cardiovascular disease is one of the main causes of heart attacks and strokes. Taking control of one’s own health includes getting the recommended screenings and taking steps to control your financial wellbeing.
- Every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. suffers from a heart attack 
- The #1 cause of death for all people in the U.S. is heart disease. 
- ~805,000 people in the U.S. each year have a heart attack 
- Every 36 seconds someone in the U.S. dies of cardiovascular disease. 
There’s an increasing trend in the occurrence of strokes at younger ages, which is of great public health concern. Strokes in younger patients can lead to the potential for disability resulting in a greater lifetime burden for the patients and their loved ones.
An example of one of those burdens are medical bills which can exceed the costs of any other monthly living expenses.
- #1 cause of bankruptcies is medical debt 
- 66.51% of bankruptcies are caused by medical issues 
- 2+ million people are adversely affected by medical issues 
- ~530,000 families go bankrupt due to medical debt 
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