In a perfect world, everyone would be able to afford the best health care. Unfortunately, many people are unable to get the treatment they need for digestive issues, including colon cancer, due to their socioeconomic situation – income, insurance coverage and proximity to treatment centers.
When even mild health concerns arise, too often medical treatment is put on the back burner due to concerns about cost. Or you might get treatment but have to choose options that are less expensive and also less effective. A recent study by researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City found that socioeconomic deprivation (low income and lack of health insurance) often leads to less aggressive treatment for metastatic cancer (cancer that has spread to other parts of the body).
But getting the right treatment early on rather than waiting is usually less expensive than treating the problem after it worsens. Preventive treatment is the most cost-effective option there is.
Consider colon cancer. By getting a regular colonoscopy, doctors can detect and remove precancerous abnormalities before they turn into cancer. What’s more, some people may qualify for a free colonoscopy under their insurance plans. Even Medicare will fully cover colonoscopies at least once every 10 years. See if you qualify for a free colonoscopy.