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Monday, December 14, 2009

Cancer Rates On the Decline

When we survey our corporate clients, one of the most common areas of interest is cancer prevention. It's hard to find someone who hasn't been touched by the disease on some level. But today we have some positive news: Cancer rates are on the decline, thanks to improvements in prevention and treatment.

The National Cancer Institute and other health organizations announced recently that cancer diagnoses declined almost 1% annually between 1999 and 2006, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.

Although this news is certainly encouraging, there is still room for improvement. The article reports that cancer death rates are still disproportionately high in certain ethnic groups, such as African Americans and Asian/Pacific Islanders.

What can you do as an employer to help this trend continue? First, be sure to let employees know if cancer screenings are covered--and if they are, encourage them to keep a regular schedule. Why not offer an education seminar about cancer prevention? If our experience is any indication, your employees will be more than grateful for the information.

Does your company reward employees who stay on schedule with cancer screenings? Let us know in the comments section below.

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