Colorectal Cancer Screening Resources for Employers
Preventable Deaths Avoidable through Screening
Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States, but 60% of these deaths could be avoided if everyone 50 years or older had regular screening tests. In Kentucky, less than half of the persons over the age of 50 are getting screened with only slightly better scores in Kentuckiana with 56% getting the right screening.
Workplace Cancer Costs
In addition to the toll that cancer has on employees, the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) research shows the cost impact on employers.
- $19,100 annually per 100 employees in healthcare costs and lost work time
- $10,000 per 100 workers in lost time and presenteeism
- $9,100 per 100 workers in medical and pharmacy costs
- 3.8 more days per year in absenteeism
- 1.8 more days per year due to presenteeism
- 4 additional conditions that impact care management
Employer Toolkits for Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates
- Reducing the Risk of Colon Cancer: An Issue for American Businesses – by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and the American Cancer Society
- Colon Cancer Screening is Good Business – by the Kentucky Cancer Program