Well-Being Programs Can Reduce Risk Factors Linked to Cancer
“About 42% of cancer cases and 45% of cancer deaths in the United States are linked to modifiable risk factors – and thus could be preventable.” This is according to new research from the American Cancer Society. The study identified the top five modifiable risk factors linked to cancer cases and deaths. Cigarette smoking tops the list followed by excess body weight, drinking alcohol, UV radiation and physical inactivity. Although there is nothing on the list that is surprising, it should be viewed as an important input to your well-being strategy. Cancer is a costly condition for employers; it accounts for about 10% of all medical claims and is the leading cause of long-term disability. Employer well-being programs can have a positive impact on all of these risk factors. Using the list to focus efforts on increasing awareness and providing access to prevention strategies may reduce the incidence of preventable cancers among your employees and health plan members.