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'The Business of Health Care Report'

National Women's Health Week

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I'm Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with "The Business of Health Care Report."

This week is National Women's Health Week, and employers should take this opportunity to encourage the women in your workforce to schedule an annual physical.

Annual physicals are an important part of disease prevention and early detection. Early diagnosis can mean the difference between a treatable condition and an unmanageable disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, regular mammograms for women 40 and older can reduce the risk of dying of breast cancer by 16 percent.

Spotting an illness before it progresses also can lessen the damage to employees' and employers' pocketbooks, because early-stage diseases are less costly to treat.

In addition to regular mammograms, women should get cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, a Pap smear, a body mass index, and other screenings as recommended by their physician.

Annual physicals are valuable tools to help employees better understand their personal health and to build long-term relationships with their primary care physicians. Employees can also use results of health screenings to benchmark and set goals such as lowering cholesterol through diet and exercise.

Follow your doctor's advice to improve your health. Don't forget that taking time to reduce your stress level with regular vacations and breaks during the workday is just as important to your health as eating well and staying fit.

For our faith-based hospitals - Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial - I'm Doug Hawthorne.

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