Employers Should Know that Cancer Screening Saves Lives . . . And Money

Employers interested in maintaining health-care costs, including hard costs like rising premiums as well as soft costs such as decreased productivity and absenteeism, have looked to wellness programs as a way to manage their employees’ current health and prevent illness in the future.  Cancer screening is another way to achieve each of those objectives. 

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S.  This year, 1.5 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer.  Nearly 600,000 will die from cancer and its effects.  With numbers this large, virtually every employer will eventually have to deal with the effect of cancer in the workplace.

One huge impact of cancer is the high cost of treatment.  According to a recent white paper by C-Change, encouraging and paying for cancer screening for employees is an effective way to reduce cancer-related costs, and to save lives in doing so.

The white paper reviews the cost-cost benefits of breast, colo-rectal, and cervical cancer on a business’ bottom line.  A fact sheet also is available and makes for great support for providing employees with paid cancer screening.