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

When I was 38 years old, I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Today, I am undergoing treatments and anticipating an upcoming surgery. At the age of 36, my brother went in for a colonoscopy and had precancerous polyps removed. I knew colon cancer was in my family, but I had no idea it would affect me, especially at such a young age.

If you have colon cancer in the family, and have not had your colonoscopy, do not wait for the suggested age of 50 to get screened. Be conscious of any intestinal or bowel abnormality that you might have, such as blood or mucous in the stool, and go get checked immediately. Screening can help catch it early when it is still highly treatable.

Michelle Dennis – Portland


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