I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s an ideal time for employers to inform their workers about ways to detect the disease early. More than 175,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed every year in the United States, and more than 40,000 women die each year from this devastating disease, making it one of the most common female cancers and one of the leading killers of women.
It’s an especially important issue for North Texas employers because rates of breast cancer in Dallas County are higher than state and national averages. The direct costs of breast cancer to American businesses total more than a quarter of a billion dollars every year.
Early identification and treatment of breast cancer saves lives and money. Employers should encourage workers to talk to their physicians about breast cancer risk, detection and prevention.
Women at high risk because of genetic predisposition, family history, or an abnormal biopsy should talk with their physicians about treatment options to prevent breast cancer. Employers should also promote healthy lifestyles, such as exercise, healthy diets, smoking cessation, and healthy weights. For more information about breast cancer detection and treatment, go to TexasHealth.org/BreastCancer.
For our faith-based hospitals – Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne.