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Leading Area Health Insurance Provider

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a nonprofit independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association, is part of a family of companies that finances and delivers vital health care services to 1.8 million people across upstate New York. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield provides access to high-quality, affordable health coverage, including valuable health-related resources that our members use every day, such as cost-saving prescription drug discounts and wellness tracking tools in our Step Up program. To learn more, visit www.excellusbcbs.com

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The Importance of Sleep:
A new report from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield pulls back the covers to reveal that many people need the extra shuteye.

The report, "The Facts About the Lack of Sleep Among Upstate New York Adults," found that adults in the Southern Tier average 7.1 hours of sleep per day, which is slightly below the seven to eight hours considered optimal. The length of time that Americans devote to sleep has decreased by 1.5 to 2 hours per day over the last 50 years.

Across upstate New York, men and women average 6.9 hours of sleep per day, but women report having insomnia (difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or having a short sleep duration) more than men. Women report having trouble sleeping 26 percent of the time, compared to 21 percent for men. Insomnia affects more women than men partly due to female hormonal changes and higher instances of anxiety and depression.

Mammograms and why they are important:
One in ten upstate New York adults has been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 Breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death (behind lung cancer) among American women, claimed the lives of more than 14,000 New York state women from 2003 through 2007, and a total of 70,000 new cases were diagnosed statewide from 2002 through 2006, according to a report released by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

"The Facts About Breast Cancer and Mammography Screening Among Women in Upstate New York" reports that according to the most recent five years of data available, there were a total of 3,700 breast cancer deaths (from 2003 through 2007) and about 19,000 new breast cancer diagnoses (from 2002 through 2006) among upstate New York women.

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The full library of reports and fact sheets,is available on the Web by going to www.excellusbcbs.com and clicking on "Health Policy and Research" at the bottom of the page. Then scroll down to find "Fact Sheets, Surveys & Reports."

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