Half of Your Employees Are Skipping Their Preventive Health Services

Current estimates reveal that about half of Americans are not taking advantage of the preventive services provided by employer-sponsored health plans.1 These services include colorectal cancer screening.

Screening for colorectal cancer in adults aged 45 to 75 years helps identify disease early and reduces the death rate from colorectal cancer.2,3 Yet about one-third of eligible adults have never been screened.3

1 out of every 3

45- to 75-year-olds have NEVER been screened for colorectal cancer2,3

Experts have studied the impact that serious conditions like cancer, especially colorectal cancer, can have on companies, like lost work time and underperformance.

Employees with cancer experience4:

  • Absenteeism—3.8 more days per year than workers without cancer
  • Presenteeism—1.8 more days per year of low productivity from working while sick

Encourage your employees to take advantage of preventive cancer screening!

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  1. Rook D. Preventative care: a win-win for employers and employees. JP Griffin Group. https://www.griffinbenefits.com/employeebenefitsblog/prevenative-care-cost-containment. Accessed January 22, 2018.
  2. Wolf AM, Fontham ET, Church TR, et al. Colorectal cancer screening for average-risk adults: 2018 guideline update from the American Cancer Society [published online ahead of print May 29, 2018]. CA Cancer J Clin. 2018. doi: 10.3322/caac.21457.
  3. Colorectal cancer: screening. June 2016. US Preventive Services Task Force website. https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/colorectal-cancer-screening2?ds=1&s=colorectal. Accessed January 22, 2018.
  4. Bryla J. Cancer presents complex workplace challenges—according to IBI research. Integrated Benefits Institute website. https://www.ibiweb.org/events/cancer-presents-complex-workplace-challenges. Accessed January 22, 2018.