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Media Contact: Cheryl Monkhouse
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cheryl.monkhouse@bcbsga.com

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Encourages Women to Get Important Health Screenings as Part of National Women’s Health Week: Many women with health insurance still don’t get important preventive screenings

ATLANTA—May 11, 2012—Been meaning to schedule your annual wellness exam but just haven’t gotten around to it? For too many women, the answer is yes. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) is calling on all women to take time for themselves and schedule any necessary health screenings that they may need to maintain and improve their health.

In observance of National Women’s Health Week from May 13-19, BCBSGa is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health to promote women’s health.

“Women often spend much of their time caring for others and, in the process, sometimes neglect their own health needs,” said Morgan Kendrick, President, BCBSGa. “We want to make sure they know that the best way to be stronger for others is to be healthy themselves.  A great way to remember is to set aside May 14 – National Women’s Checkup Day – to think about preventive screenings and schedule appointments as appropriate.”
The National Women’s Health Week website  offers information on when specific screenings should take place. BCBSGa’s program provides screening reminders, along with other health reminders and tips to its members.

“While we’ve worked hard to provide information to our members on the importance of preventive screenings over the years, our Member Health Index, which uses measures to show the quality of health care a member receives, shows us that not everyone is getting the screenings they need,” said Dr. Mark Kishel, Medical Director, BCBSGa. “Regular screenings can help detect disease or other conditions early so that women receive proper treatment.”

The following are statistics for women who are members of BCBSGa and who were on target with these preventive screenings in 2010, according to the Member Health Index:
• Breast cancer, 67.99 percent. Treatment for breast cancer is more likely to be successful when the cancer is found early. That is why it’s important to discuss with your doctor if a mammogram would be recommended for you beginning at age 40 and make sure you get a mammogram every two years at 50 or older.
• Cervical cancer, 74.15 percent. This screening looks for changes in cells that if not treated, could become cancerous. Talk with your doctor about a screening schedule of one to three years if you are sexually active and between the ages of 21 and 70.

To provide additional perspective on just how much of an impact BCBSGa and its parent company’s nurses have on their members, in just one day, our nurses:
• Help 1,560 concerned members on our 24/7 Nurse Line;
• Review 11,376 cases, offering our members access to high quality care;
• Call 3,158 members to help them safely transition from hospital care back to their homes; and
• Speak with more than 250 pregnant women to help them understand that a healthy pregnancy is vital to having a healthy baby.

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BCBSGa is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and currently serves 2.4 million Georgians throughout the state.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association®. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is available at www.bcbsga.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/healthjoinin, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthJoinInBCBSGa, visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/healthjoinin or check out the Our Health Connects Us campaign site at http://connects.bcbsga.com/.

 

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