Taking positive action this World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day which took place on 4 February. Organised by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the campaign takes place every year to encourage action from individuals, the health community, and governments. It aims to improve public awareness and access to early cancer detection, screening, and diagnosis. It is also a reminder that each of us – from businesses to teachers, healthcare workers to carers - has an important role to play in reducing the impact of cancer.

2020 marks the midway point of a 3-year ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign. UICC are encouraging all of us to take big and small actions toward making lasting, positive change.

On each World Cancer Day, hundreds of activities and events take place around the world, run by a mix of organisations and individuals both in person and online. Last year, more than 947 activities took place in 127 countries.

Reducing the impact of cancer in your workplace

UICC believe that workplaces have a fundamental role to play in achieving a world less burdened by cancer. Businesses can be a powerful voice in the community, offer a supportive environment and build invaluable benefits into employee packages.

The most recent research highlights 2.5 million people in the UK were living with cancer. 890,000 of these people were of working age (16-64). Because cancer affects people not only physically, but also emotionally and financially, the workplace has a big influence in how staff feel during this difficult time.

Our group critical illness cover could provide a tax-free cash lump sum upon diagnosis of cancer and covers other specified serious illnesses and conditions too. The payment could help your employee pay for a range of expenses that have come about following the diagnosis of a serious illness. This might be to pay bills, meet unexpected medical costs, or put towards a well-earned holiday once treatment is over.

All of our group critical illness cover policies also cover all eligible children of the insured employee from birth to 21 years at no extra cost. – This means employees can have that added peace of mind, knowing there’s extra protection should the unexpected happen.

24/7 emotional support

In terms of emotional support both every day and in a time of critical illness, the option to access this is built into our group protection products – with a telephone and online Employee Assistance Programme. Our EAP is provided by Health Assured, the UK and Ireland’s largest award-winning health and wellbeing network, that helps make a positive difference to over 9.5 million people. The services deliver confidential and unlimited 24/7 support on a range of every-day issues like stress, family concerns, relationships, illness, retirement and personal crises.

Flexible, straightforward group protection

While our protection is comprehensive, we want to make it straightforward to cover your employees. Most staff members can be insured without the need for lengthy medical underwriting, making it easy to set up a policy. We assess all claims against conditions; where they’re related to previous symptoms or existed in the past.

As an employer, you can choose to take out different levels of cover to suit your budget and the needs of your employees. You can choose to insure all or a defined group of employees, add an additional group of conditions or offer the option for employees to personally select and pay for cover.

Reassured employees, stronger business, powerful change

The reassurance provided by Group Critical Illness cover could help improve quality of life through financial reassurance, self-esteem and feelings of workplace satisfaction for your employees. Strong employee benefits could also help attract and retain excellent staff. In the case of a cancer diagnosis, a cash lump sum could prove lifechanging.

You’ll not only be enriching your business, you’ll be using your influence to make a powerful change to your employees who have been affected by cancer.

To read more on how businesses and individuals can contribute to World Cancer Day, take a look here. Learn how our Critical Illness Protection can support your employees here.

All cover, is subject to a pre-existing and related conditions exclusions. Some types of cancer are not included and there may need to have permanent symptoms to make a claim for some illnesses.Please contact us or visit our website for a copy of the technical guide, which helps explain what we can cover and how we assess claims.