Experts Give Advice On Combating The Threat Of Cancer In The Workplace
13 Aug 2015
Caerphilly based Occupational Health specialist Caer Health outline the importance of cancer screening for employees.
One of the top health risks to employees is cancer. It is high on the list with mental health problems, musculoskeletal disorders and heart problems. Advanced age is a huge factor in your likelihood of getting cancer. Whilst it is obviously possible for the disease to strike at any age, it is an alarming statistic that men over 40 are 50% more likely to develop certain types of cancer.
With individuals living longer and working later into life, either by choice or due to increased age of retirement, it is imperative for employers to look after their staff and put measures in place to fight against cancer.
“Early detection is key to tackle these health risks,” said Dr Sarah Smallcombe Occupational Health Physician at Caer Heath. “The earlier a problem is detected and treated the faster someone is likely to recover from the illness. Cancer screening is therefore hugely important, especially when people are over a certain age. Early detection leads to more treatment options, the potential for higher survival rates generally results in a more positive attitude. It is also far more likely that employees will need fewer absences and get back to work more quickly after their treatment is complete with earlier detection.”
Cancer research UK revealed that just under half of the people diagnosed with cancer are diagnosed in the late stages, when treatment is often more complex and recovery time is longer.
“It is important to increase awareness within a workforce of potential symptoms that could be linked to cancer,” continues Dr Smallcombe.
“Encouraging regular screenings for employees is also hugely beneficial in catching cancer and other diseases early so that they can be treated and hopefully cured. Some of the mos common types or screenings are: Breast screening vans, Cervical smears at GP, PSA and Skin Surveillance. Newer tests are also being developed that maybe launched on a natural level such as Pancreatic testing that has been in the news lately.”
“Educating employees on possible risk factors is also extremely important. Highlighting high risk factors such as smoking, drinking and obesity that can ultimately lead to cancer, can help employees become more aware of managing the risks and taking steps to decrease their risks by changes in lifestyle.”
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