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Supporting your employees with cancer

07 May 2021

50% of the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives1. Despite this, 50,000 people are currently estimated to have undiagnosed cancer as a direct result of COVID-192, due to putting off speaking to a GP about symptoms3 and missed urgent referrals4. This is particularly concerning as we also know that even a delay of only 4 weeks to getting a cancer diagnosis can increase the risk of death by 8%5.

As well as the emotional impact of cancer on people’s lives, it also impacts businesses, with the total economic cost of cancer in the UK estimated to be £7.6 billion6.

With easy access to services, fast results when it comes to checking cancer symptoms, high standards of treatment and emotional support, employees can not only spend less time worrying but also have higher chances of recovery. Meaning less disruption to their personal and work lives, and less worries for your clients.

Download our brochure here (PDF, 1.3MB) to read more about how we can help your clients and their employees when it comes to cancer, whether it’s tips on prevention, how to get symptoms checked remotely and quickly, or treatment after a diagnosis. We’ve also created a presentation (PDF, 1.1MB) that can be used in your conversations with clients.

We’ve also created an email for you to share with your clients, and an email for them to forward on to their employees, to raise awareness of the services available if they’re having cancer worries. Client version available to download here (PDF, 0.7MB) and employee version here (PDF, 0.7MB).

And if you missed our latest Health Insights event, which focused on the impact of COVID-19 on cancer, or would like to watch it again, you can view a recording of the event here.



1 https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/risk

2 The Forgotten 'C'? The impact of COVID-19 on cancer care, Macmillan Cancer Support, October 2020

3 The Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer Symptom Experience and Help-Seeking Behaviour in the United Kingdom: A Cross-Sectional Population Survey, cancer Research UK and Cardiff University, March 2021

4 Activity is defined as ‘a provision of services to a patient by one or more care professionals’ https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/09/national-cancer-waiting-times-monitoring-dataset-guidance-v11-sep2020.pdf (PDF, 1MB)

5 Valuing all lives equally: cancer surgery, COVID-19, and the NHS in crisis, The Lancet, February 2021

6 Cancer Costs: a ripple effect analysis of cancer’s wider impact, Demos, November 2019

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