As an employer, you know that no one wins when an employee is out sick. That’s especially true when employees confront a life-threatening illness, like cancer.

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.

 

Your Stories

People don’t talk about getting colonoscopies at the water cooler.

Last fall, my doctor suggested I undergo a colonoscopy. It’s typically first recommended when a person hits 50, which was my case. I had a colonoscopy in March, which seems fitting since March is National Colorectal Awareness Month. I decided to tell my story so others would get screened as well.

Colonoscopies aren’t something people usually discuss and many people tend to put it off because they’re unsure what it entails. Sending a long snakelike device through my backside never seemed very appealing to me, either.

I’m glad I went and had the procedure done. The peace of mind knowing there aren’t any potential problems down there is worth it. If you’re older than 50 or have a family history or are showing symptoms of colorectal cancer, you should consider it, too.

John Sowell – Roseburg


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