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World Cancer Day 2019

31 Jan 2019

Each year on 4 February, World Cancer Day empowers all of us across the world to show support, raise our collective voice, take personal action and press our governments to do more.

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Worldwide 9.6 million people die each year from cancer. That’s more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. The NHS website states that more than 1 in 3 people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. In the UK, the 4 most common types of cancer are breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer and bowel cancer.

A YouGov survey in 2016 of 1,010 line managers revealed a quarter (26%) thought making reasonable adjustments to allow someone with cancer to keep working would be difficult. However over two thirds (69%) of those who had had to make reasonable adjustments said it was easy to do.

According to Macmillan Cancer Support, approximately “one in three people living with cancer in the UK are of working age” so it’s vital that managers are comfortable and able to support employees who are undergoing, or have been through, treatment.

To ensure line managers, Staff Wellbeing Champions and colleagues can be prepared, a training course, Supporting Cancer in the Workplace, is being offered on 4th February, 2pm – 4pm, Roscoe Building.

Emma Woodward, the Disability Support Adviser in Disability Advisory Support Service (DASS) will be able to empower line managers and other attendees to better support their employees by understanding how to listen and understand; check policies; understand legal obligations; be prepared to make adjustments; support returns to work and recognise the impact on their team depending on diagnosis and outcomes.

Book now via Staff Learning and Development.

You can find out about more wellbeing courses for you as an individual or as a line manager via the staff wellbeing website.

Further information

There are a number of websites that help you "take notice" and be more aware of different cancers

Macmillans Cancer Support

Cancer Research UK