Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer, but it doesn’t have to be. Screening can prevent the cancer or catch it early when it’s highly treatable—improving the patient’s prognosis, and greatly reducing health care costs and missed days of work.
Research shows that most people get screened because they were encouraged by someone they know and trust. So, please help spread the word by urging your employees who’ve been screened to encourage others to get screened too.
Here are easy ways to keep your employees healthy and let them know you care.
- Print this poster and post it where your employees will see it—in the kitchen, break room or bathrooms, for example.
- Customize this letter and send it to all employees. Consider putting it in their employee mailboxes.
- Print this flyer and distribute to employees. Consider including in their paychecks.
Other ways you can support the campaign:
- Send the flyer out as an email to all employees or include it in your e-newsletter.
- Send the flyer to your external network with a note that you support the campaign.
- Talk about this campaign in an upcoming staff meeting and encourage employees who have been impacted by colorectal cancer or screening to share their stories.
- Have your insurance benefits contact speak with employees about their health coverage and, specifically, their coverage for preventive screening.
Listen to a local employer’s story.
Thank you for playing an important role in helping to prevent colorectal cancer.
In May 2006 my mom—a vibrant and otherwise healthy 82-year-old African woman—was diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer. Before her diagnosis I had never thought about colorectal cancer, but now I know that it is the second most deadly form of cancer and is also more prevalent among African Americans.
My mom had her surgery the Saturday before Mother’s Day and the only gift she asked of her six children was to get a colonoscopy. I scheduled mine as soon as I got home from visiting with her.
I’m telling my story to demystify the procedure and stress the benefits of getting screened. Colonoscopies are an easy and uncomplicated procedure and are crucial for preventing colorectal cancer and identifying cancer early so it can be treated. Nothing should get in the way of getting screened.
Liz Baxter – Portland