Cancer Prevention, Screening and Management at Work
Cancer touches us all in one way or another - as a patient, coworker, friend, or family member. Your worksite has supports in place to help with cancer prevention, screening, and coping with cancer for yourself or for the care of loved ones.
This campaign provides resources available to you, your worksite's most treasured asset. Below are ideas on how you can create a supportive worksite wellness environment that works toward cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship.
The good news about cancer:
- Cervical cancer deaths in the US have been reduced by 75% with regular Pap tests.
- When colorectal cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, the 5-year survival rate is 90%; when it is diagnosed at a late (distant metastases) stage, the rate is 10%.
- The 5-year survival rate of all cancers diagnosed between 1996 and 2002 is 66%, up from 51% in 1975-77.
Prevention is Key!
About one third of cancer deaths expected to occur in 2007 will be related to overweight or obesity, physical inactivity and nutrition - and thus could be prevented.
“More than 60 percent of all cancer deaths could be prevented if Americans stopped smoking, exercised more, ate healthier food and got the recommended cancer screenings.” ~The American Cancer Society, Reported on March 31, 2006.
Dealing with Cancer in the Workplace
- If you or someone you know has specific health concerns or symptoms related to cancer, it’s important to seek the advice of a health professional. Don’t wait!
- Encourage your worksite to establish a wellness room or make your existing wellness room available for cancer patients and employees who have loved ones with cancer. The wellness room would be used by employees for emotional healing, rest or stretching as part of their treatment, and for taking medications
Taking Care of Yourself and Supporting Others with Cancer
- Continue eating healthy with lots of fruits and veggies. People whose diets are rich in fruits and veggies have a lower risk of getting cancers of the colon, mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach and lungs and possibly prostate cancer. (Source: Cancer Trends Progress Report 2005, NCI).
- Psychological and emotional well being:
- Consider applying for Hardship Leave if you need time off to help family members or for bereavement. Check with your agency or Human Resources for the specifics related to this policy.
- Cancer Care Resources and the American Cancer Society have extensive resources for caregivers, people with cancer and cancer survivors. This nonprofit community-based organization offers support groups, referrals to services, and occasional classes.
- Consider joining a support group in your area for caregivers or for people with family members who have cancer.
Portland Metro Area:
- Adventist Medical Center (503) 309-2222
- Cancer Care Resources (503) 528-5236
- Legacy Health System (503) 413-7284
- Providence Professional Plaza (503) 215-6015
- Providence St Vincent Hospital, Diane Harris (503) 216-2917, Toni Lonning (503) 216-2280, Jocelyn Libby (503) 215-5305
- Tuality – Hillsboro (503) 681-1700
- Mid Valley Cancer Care Community (503) 391-4417
- Salem Hospital (503) 373-2254
- Explore a flex-time policy with your employer for:
- Medical appointments
- Physical needs
- Emotional needs
- Financial stress
- Caring for loved ones with cancer
- Find a local map or print a web-based map of the area around your worksite and walk during your breaks or lunch hour. Physically active breast and colorectal cancer survivors have a 50-60% lower risk of death from reoccurrence. (Source: Holmes 2005, Merverhardt 2006)