Awareness and positivity can save our livesOctober 3, 2014 / byMaria Garcia / Categories : Blog
October is Breast Cancer awareness month. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in woman. The good news is that at this time there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
What does this statistic say about how this issue impacts our work force? In 2012 there were almost 67 million working woman in the United States. With that in mind what does that tell us about woman and cancer? According to SEER Stat Fact Sheets, (based of data from 2009-2011) the estimated number of new cases of all new cancer in 2014 was 232,670. This indicates that 12.3 percent of woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lifetime. That’s 1 in every 8 women.
Since woman occupy a big percentage of our workforce, these statistics are a wake up call. Cancer has a major impact on the workforce. The estimated total cost of cancer is more than $180 billion per year in health care expenses and lost productivity. We need to look for ways to encourage the woman in our workforce to take preventive measures, and to encourage them to keep up with their annual check ups.
Bringing awareness is the key, but also constant reminders to follow up on doctor visits will be a way to keep the woman in our workforce up to date on their medical check ups. But what do we do when woman in our workforce confront this challenge? How can we help them stay positive and endure the procedures for this devastating disease? One way is to give them the necessary support. We should encourage everyone to participate in on-going support such as making phone calls, and reassuring them they are not alone. Sending mail with positive notes and even funny letters to make them feel a little bit better.
Another way to help the women in our workforce is by providing them the resources they need to help understand their situation. The American Cancer Society provides these free resources to help ease their cancer burden. From helping to deal with the everyday challenges of living with cancer, to being informed in making treatment decisions, and even helping with transportation and insurance issues – they are there to help. They can also connect them with others who have been through the journey.
Love and sympathy from our peers go a long way. At times when one of our team members are sick or encountering situations like this, is when we need to stick together to support one another. It makes a huge difference! People under these circumstances need all the love, support and empathy to be able to stay positive and keep their hopes and spirits high. Time and time again, we see that if a person feels alone in their trying times it is hard to overcome their challenges with their health. Statistics show that people who are surrounded by loving, supportive and emphatic people recuperate faster than those who don’t have the support of anyone.
This month is Breast cancer awareness month. Send a note, or visit someone you know who is going through this terrible challenge. Give them some encouragement! Woman stick together in tough times.