Cancer is a significant and growing issue for workplaces. Although cancer incidence rates have declined in recent years, the actual number of cancer diagnoses and deaths continue to increase. Working-age Canadians account for more than one-third of all new cancer cases in men, and more than 40% of new cases among women. More than one-third of these are preventable through lifestyle changes. Occupational cancers also challenge workplaces, and only a small percentage of affected workers actually receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Cancer patients experience enormous challenges physically and emotionally, and their employment status and ability to work are negatively impacted. Recent Canadian research shows a significant financial burden on cancer patients and their families. A rich pharmaceutical pipeline promises better treatment outcomes, but at significant cost to plan sponsors. More disability claims of longer duration are expected due to COVID-related delays in screening and, consequently, later stage diagnoses.
Using their own recent research, Chris Bonnett and Allan Smofsky will provide an overview of the current landscape, focusing on opportunities and practical ways for workplace stakeholders to enhance the management of cancer in the workplace.
This webcast will help you:
• Understand the growing burden of cancer on the physical, mental and financial health of plan members as well as the impact on employers and unions.
• Identify how to support plan members with cancer as they seek to return to work or stay at work.
• Identify stakeholder resources and roles.
• Review the role of benefits plans in helping members prevent and manage cancer and identify opportunities to provide timely access to cancer resources.