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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Skin Cancer Prevention and Awareness
05/19/2008

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

With summer rapidly approaching, now is a good time for employers to inform their workers about ways to detect and prevent skin cancers.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, claiming more than 10,000 lives annually, according to the American Cancer Society. More than one million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year.

The cost of skin cancer to American businesses is staggering. The National Business Group on Health estimates that direct costs of skin cancer to American employers total more than $1.7 billion a year.

Early detection is key in the fight against skin cancer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the five-year survival rate is 99 percent for patients whose melanoma is caught and treated before spreading to the lymph nodes.

Encourage employees to talk to their physicians about skin cancer risk, detection and prevention. You can also use wellness and health incentive programs to inform employees about the importance of using sunscreen, protective clothing and sunglasses to prevent harmful exposures. And remind employees to be aware of inadvertent exposure of the arms and hands to UV rays during the afternoon commute.

To find free information about symptoms, treatment and prevention of skin cancer, go to TexasHealth.org and click on "Skin Cancer Info."

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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