Workplace Solutions, Building a healthy workforce.

Cancer is everyone's business; whether we want it to be or not.

From large corporations to small companies, business leaders understand that cancer is not only a health issue, but also a core business issue:

  • Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), like cancer, heart disease, and stroke, currently account for 63 percent of deaths (36 million deaths worldwide in 2008).1
  • Over the next 20 years, NCDs will cost the global economy more than $47 trillion, or 75 percent of the global GDP in 2010.2
  • Health related productivity losses cost US employers $225.8 billion annually.3
  • Cancer also has a negative impact on employment patterns with studies estimating 36 percent of employees do not return to work following treatment for cancer.4,5
  • An analysis of health care expenditures indicate that while cancer related disease accounted for 1 percent of a typical employers health care claims, it equated to 10 percent of health care cost.6
  • Cancer is the disease employees fear most and will touch 1 in 4 Americans in their lifetime.7

Making an Impact

The business sector is uniquely positioned to lead the fight against cancer — and to realize a return on their investment. Consider this:

  • More than one-third of all cancers are related to modifiable lifestyle factors that include lack of physical activity, inappropriate dietary practices and tobacco use.8
  • Prevention programs, such as tobacco cessation, as well as regular screenings, are proven methods of decreasing cancer risk among employees, increasing early diagnosis, and increasing overall direct and indirect cost savings. 9
  • Some of the biggest successes and most effective weapons in the war on cancer –early detection and prevention – are not being used as effectively as they could be.10
By becoming a member of CEOs Against Cancer, you become part an elite community poised to save the most lives from cancer. Your membership will help your employees, their families and communities stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

Support from the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society provides you the information and resources you need to help your employees and organization:

  • Stay Well: Create a culture of health by ensuring your employee health and wellness benefits include evidence-based, comprehensive cancer prevention programs and high-quality support for cancer screening and care.
  • Get Well: Face cancer through access to accurate, up-to-date information that helps them understand the disease and make informed decisions about their health while incorporating information about American Cancer Society support programs and services into your health and wellness communications and offerings.
  • Find Cures: Change the future of cancer by investing in groundbreaking research that will help us understand cancer’s causes, determine how best to prevent it, and discover new cures.
  • Fight Back: Join more than 3 million grassroots volunteers who work tirelessly to support people facing cancer and their families through their cancer journey, advocating for cancer-fighting legislation, and participating in inspiring community events that help save lives.

1. World Health Organization.Global status report on noncommunicable diseases 2010. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2011.

2. Bloom, D.E., Cafiero, E.T., Jané-Llopis, E., Abrahams-Gessel, S., Bloom, L.R., Fathima, S., Feigl,
A.B., Gaziano, T.,  Mowafi, M.,  Pandya, A.,  Prettner, K., Rosenberg, L., Seligman, B., Stein, A.Z., & Weinstein, C. (2011). The Global Economic Burden of Noncommunicable Diseases. Geneva: World Economic Forum.

3. Stewart WF, Ricci JA, Chee E, Morganstein D. Lost productive work time costs from health conditions in the United States: results from the American productivity audit. J Occup Environ Med. 2003;45(12):1234-1246.

4. Bradley CJ, Bednarek HL., Employment patterns of long-term cancer survivors, Psychooncology 2002 May-Jun; 11(3):188-98.

5. Mehnert A., Employment and work-related issues in cancer survivors, Crit Rev OncolHematol. 2011 Feb; 77(2):109-30. Epub 2010 Feb 8.

6. Peyenson, B.,  Cost of Cancer to Employers, Milliman, American Cancer Society, C-Change 2007

7. Peyenson, B.,  Cost of Cancer to Employers, Milliman, American Cancer Society, C-Change 2007

8. Peyenson, B.,  Cost of Cancer to Employers, Milliman, American Cancer Society, C-Change 2007

9. Mehnert A., Employment and work-related issues in cancer survivors, Crit Rev OncolHematol. 2011 Feb; 77(2):109-30. Epub 2010 Feb 8.

10. American Cancer Society.Cancer Facts & Figures 2011. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2011.

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