3. Increase morale
When it comes to breast cancer, early detection is one of the best forms
of prevention. Clinical breast exams and mammograms can help detect breast
cancer in early stages — when it is easiest to treat. Still many
workers don’t actively seek these preventive steps to protect their
health. Whether your business hosts a screening or encourages employees
to schedule one with their physician, here are three important reasons
to promote breast cancer screenings to your workforce.
1. Protect unsuspecting workers.
Many U.S. workers believe their chances to contract a serious illness
such as cancer is rare. In fact, a recent Aflac study revealed that 6-in-10
workers (62%) believe it is not very or not at all likely they or a family
member will be diagnosed with a serious illness such as cancer.1 While
no one plans to have a serious illness, the risks are very real. For example,
breast cancer is a serious risk for woman, and 1-in-8 women will have breast
cancer during their lifetime.2 Moreover, 1-in-3 women and 1-in-2
men will be diagnosed with a type of cancer at some point in their lives.3 When
diagnosed early through screenings, breast, cervical, colon, rectal and
lung cancers are easier to treat4 — giving your workers
the winning advantage in good health.
Next Step: Encourage your workers to take a big
step toward good health by encouraging them to schedule an annual wellness
exam with their doctor — there they can ask about whether cancer
screenings are right for them.
Life, disability, accident and other supplemental policies provide cash
benefits for expenses not covered by major medical insurance. Often, having
these policies can save individuals from out-of-pocket costs, unexpected
debt and may even prevent bankruptcy — helping them to focus on getting
better and getting back to work. Now that’s a benefit that no one
should be without.
When caught early, the survival rate for breast cancer is as high as 98%. 5
2. Reward employees with no direct cost to your business.
If your employees are enrolled in medical or supplemental health care
coverage, they may be able to receive a wellness benefit. Many insurance
providers want your employees to be healthy and encourage them to take
preventive steps to protect their health. For example, Aflac cancer insurance
policies pay a wellness benefit each calendar year when a covered person
receives a covered wellness procedure. While some workers may avoid checkups
because of the cost, they may actually be entitled to a benefit just for
having a wellness checkup.
Next Step: Promote the wellness benefits offered
by your health plan. You can easily find details in the summary of benefits
or by asking your benefits consultant or insurer. If your benefits don’t
provide wellness options, ask about offering supplemental benefits at no
direct cost to your business. An example is the Aflac Cancer Care insurance
policy. It helps provide protection if a positive cancer diagnosis ever
occurs and provides coverage for dependent children at no extra cost with
premiums as low as $3.21 per week. 6
60% of employees say they would likely purchase voluntary benefits options if the benefits were offered by their employer.1
3. Increase workforce morale, satisfaction and retention.
Promoting a wellness initiative, such as a breast cancer screening, is
one way to show your workforce that you care. Especially if your company
has needed to tighten its belt over the past couple of years, it is important
for morale, satisfaction and retention to take tangible steps to show workers
you are investing in their health and well-being.
following resources can help workers find local screenings to meet their
76% of workers who agree their employer takes care of its employees are unlikely to look for another job in the next 12 months.1
Coverage is underwritten by American Family Life Assurance Company of
Columbus. In New York, coverage is underwritten by American Family Life
Assurance Company of New York. This article is not approved for use in
Arizona, Idaho, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, or Wyoming. Policy may not
be available in all states. Benefits may vary by state and plan level selected.
Policy Series A75000, A76000, A78000; in Arkansas Policies A78100AR through
A78400AR; in New York NY76100 and NY761ES; in Oregon A78100OR through A78400OR;
in Pennsylvania A76100PA; in Virginia A-75100-VA through A-75300-VA.
- 12012 Aflac WorkForces Report, a study conducted by Research
Now on behalf of Aflac, January 24–February 23, 2012.
(2012), U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics, accessed on September 14, 2012,
American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts and Figures 2012.
Cancer Institute (2012), What Is Cancer Screening? accessed on September
18, 2012, from cancer.gov/cancertopics/screening.
Breast Cancer Foundation (2012), Early Detection Plan, accessed on September
14, 2012, from nationalbreastcancer.org/edp.
is based on individual/one-parent family coverage for ages 18–75,
Aflac Preferred Cancer Care policy, no riders, payroll deduction.