Cancer is a disease that affects us all. It is estimated that one in three people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime. The impact of cancer on individuals and their families is profound, and the financial burden on employers is significant. As such, it is important for employers to take a proactive approach in preventing cancer and promoting the overall health of their workforce.
Preventive care is critical in the early detection and prevention of cancer. However, in recent years, there has been a decline in preventive care compliance. This has led to increases in cancer prevalence and higher rates of late-stage cancer diagnoses. Late-stage cancer diagnoses are not only more difficult to treat, but they are also more expensive. In fact, cancer costs in 2022 overtook all other conditions as the top driver of employer healthcare spend. This trend is expected to continue, with 68% of employers anticipating higher prevalence of late-stage cancers within their populations due to delayed screenings from the pandemic.
To combat these worrisome trends, employers need to take a systematic and proactive approach to cancer prevention. Population health programs that provide employees with access to cancer screenings and other preventive care services can help identify current and potential health risks. These programs can also help employees better understand their overall risk for cancer and other inherited conditions, allowing for early interventions and actionable results.
One way employers can improve access to preventive care is by offering more convenient screening options. For example, some employers are offering on-site mammography screenings, which can be completed during work hours. This not only increases compliance with preventive care, but it also saves employees time and money. Employers can also offer telehealth services, which allow employees to access preventive care services remotely. This is particularly important for employees who may not have easy access to healthcare services or who are hesitant to visit a healthcare provider in person.
In conclusion, cancer prevention and early detection are critical for both employee health and the financial health of employers. Employers can take a proactive approach to cancer prevention by providing their workforce with access to population health programs, convenient screening options, and telehealth services. By doing so, employers can help identify current and potential health risks, promote early interventions, and ultimately improve health outcomes for their employees.