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

I was screened for colorectal cancer and was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in February 2010. My surgeon estimated the cancer had probably been growing in my colon for about 10 years! If I had been screened earlier, there would have been advantages to diagnosing and treating the cancer earlier.

I talk about colon screening because I want my friends and family members to understand it isn’t a terrible process, like they might think. It’s easy to do, and when it comes to colon cancer, early diagnosis and prevention really make a difference. I’m an example of how it saves lives.

I have had regular checkups since then and have no evidence of colon cancer. I will continue to have colon screenings and I encourage others to do the same.

Joy Maxwell – Roseburg


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