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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. It costs Texans more than $30 billion a year in direct and indirect expenses.
According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the United States will develop cancer during their lifetime. This year alone, more than 91,000 Texans will be diagnosed with the disease.
We all have a part to play in preventing cancer and educating the next generation about the risks of tobacco use, eating well, and leading healthy lifestyles. And it is imperative that our state and federal governments continue to invest in research to prevent and cure cancer.
I applaud the Texas Legislature and voters across the state for their recent approval of a measure that will help the Lone Star State become a leader in the fight against cancer.
Proposition 15, a constitutional amendment, authorizes the state to invest up to $3 billion in general revenue bonds over 10 years to conduct research that may be critical to help prevent or cure cancer. The measure also allows for support of existing research efforts in Texas, and it earmarks $300 million for cancer education and prevention programs.
For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based hospitals – Harris Methodist, Presbyterian and Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne.