Pink for breast cancer, blue for colon cancer, yellow for bladder cancer….The colors of our lives.

Cancer has touched most of our lives in one way or another. If you are not a cancer patient, then you most likely know someone who is/has battled this disease.

In any given week, approximately 3,340 Canadians are diagnosed with some form of cancer; 40% of Canadian women and 45% of men will develop cancer during their lifetimes. More than 76,200 Canadians died from the disease last year.

The prevalence of Cancer Awareness in our society, the testing/detection available and the fund raising efforts keep this battle in the forefront of our lives.  Cancer is no longer considered a death sentence, and it isn’t necessarily a permanent illness.

Employers do not need to sit on the back burner with regards to Cancer and the impact it has on their employees.

Cancer is the No. 3 reason for taking long-term disability. But with support, individuals dealing with cancer—whether as a patient, a family member or a caregiver—can remain productive members of the workforce. 

Between offering Critical Illness protection as part of your Group Benefit plans to implementing wellness initiatives in the workplace and flexible return-to-work strategies, employers can help employees feel empowered, educated and thus better able to cope if, or when, they are confronted with Cancer.

Benefits Canada held a conference in May dealing with all aspects of Cancer.

To learn more, please check out the attached website:

Cancer can, and will, be BEATEN!!!

Written By: Dawne Helischauer