Screening for cancer – why your organization should care

26 July 2019

Organizations that have healthier employees are more successful, productive, and have less employee turnover. There are also fewer incidents of disability claims. It makes good business sense to invest in your employee’s health. One way you can do that is with health screening and education.


Statistics Canada’s most recent report estimates 206,200 new cancer diagnoses and 80,800 deaths from cancer occurred in Canada in 2017, and approximately 1 in 2 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime, and 1 in 4 will die of the disease. The most common types of cancer are lung, colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer, and these account for about half of all cancer diagnoses and deaths.


Warning signs for cancer


Some of the common warning signs for cancer are:


  • Weight loss
  • Changes in digestion and bowel movements
  • Blood loss
  • Fever
  • Pain and tiredness
  • Skin changes
  • Persistent cough


And sadly, some diseases don’t have any warning signs at all. Especially pancreatic or kidney cancer.


Screening for cancer


Regular screening for cancer can significantly reduce the risk of employees in your organization getting this chronic disease. Some of the screening tests for cancer are:


  • Physical examinations, feeling for lumps around the body.
  • Lab and image tests
  • Biopsies


In women, mammograms and pap tests are a great way to screen for cancer. In men, prostate screening can be done with blood tests. Older adults are at an increased risk and should be screened more frequently than younger adults.


Prevention of cancer


The Canadian Cancer Society says about 4 in 10 cancer cases can be prevented through healthy living, which includes eating healthy and exercising. Education within your organization is crucial to make your employees aware of the warning signs. It is also not necessarily easy to exercise when you are working long hours or have a job that requires you to sit most of the day. Our health coaching can provide options for employees who are looking for ways to improve their health within their current occupation.


How can I implement health screening and early detection in my organization to prevent cancer?


Since we offer customized mobile health solutions right to your businesses door-step, we make it easy to promote health within your workplace.


Our team of experienced healthcare professionals can offer everything from health screening and coaching to chronic disease management, to medication management and we can even provide your employees personal support if they are currently caring for a loved one with health challenges.


If you are interested in implementing a customized corporate wellness program within your organization, get in touch with us today!


Join us next week when we talk about dementia and how early detection and health screening can often prevent this terrible disease.