Women, are a force to be reckoned with, in today’s corporate world. From manning the front desk, to the CEO’s office, their presence is a solid testimony of their contribution to the workplace and the economy as a whole. It is also true that a dangerous problem like breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women in their lifetime.
According to The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2013 are:
- About 232,340 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
- About 39,620 women will die from breast cancer
How does it effect an organization?
I think the numbers above are enough to give you an idea how dangerous this disease can be. Let’s see how this can affect an organization
Absenteeism and Presenteeism
Patients with cancer often have high rates of absenteeism, as a result of the course of treatment such as chemotherapy and lab tests. The side effects of a treatment can affect a patient’s ability to perform at the workplace. Employees with cancer at work, are not as productive, as they would be under normal condition. According to a 2008 study, breast cancer survivors reported a reduction of productivity of 3.1% below the healthy worker norm. This amounts to a loss of 2.48 hours of work over two weeks of full-time employment.
It’s a well known fact that delays in diagnosis contribute to severe cancer. Delays are due to poor cancer awareness, poor uptake of screening. Let’s see how we can bring awareness about breast cancer at your workplace.
Methods of awareness
According to American Cancer Society, since 1989 death rates from breast cancer have come down because of early detection through screening and increased awareness.
Employee health surveys
Employee health surveys can give details like percentage of women who are aware of breast cancer, the percentage of women who received breast cancer screening. The main objective of the survey is to make the employees aware of breast cancer. Women who are above 40 and have not undergone screening, should receive screening education.
Breast cancer can be mitigated through education on symptoms and treatment. Knowledge on breast cancer will lead to earlier detection of breast cancer. Companies can educate their employees by offering information on mammograms, inviting a representative or a doctor to talk about breast cancer prevention methods. Reminder mails can be sent on getting mammograms done and other preventative information.
What an eLeaning can offer
With eLearning, you can disseminate information about breast cancer, information about self-breast exams, dietary strategies, reducing exposure to agents that increase risk, sustaining a healthy lifestyle . Elearning can be a good option, as it can be accessed at anytime, anywhere and there won’t be any disturbance to workflow, because employees need not be pulled from their jobs for training. For people who may be shy about attending classroom sessions for breast cancer awareness programs, eLearning can be an ideal tool to access information privately, at their own convenient time and place.
Increasing awareness and implementing an effective program in the workplace should be an ongoing process. Organization with a high female population can reap definite benefit from a Breast Cancer Awareness program !