The 4th of February is World Cancer Day. People all over the world use the day to improve awareness about cancer and dismiss misconceptions about the disease. Cancer does not discrimintate – it affects people of all races, genders and age groups. Globally, cancer takes more lives each year than TB, AIDS and Malaria combined. In our country alone it is estimated that one in six South African men and one in seven South African women will be diagnosed with cancer in their life time.
In a workplace environment employees could have an increased risk of developing cancer – especially in industries that operate in factories with exposure to carcinogens. Some of the most commonly recognised carcinogens are asbestos, arsenic, radiation, coal tar fumes, acrylamide and harmful dusts. As Occupational Health Specialists, the team at Working Knowledge International frequently encounter individuals who are exposed to such risks, and we have the expertise to diagnose occupational health illnesses caused by such exposure.
The important thing to realise is that early detection is key. Cancers can (and should) be detected by occupational health assessments.This is one of the many reasons why it is important to undergo employee medicals as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
At Working Knowledge International, we believe that a healthy employee is a productive employee, and it is important for all members of an organisation to be aware of the disease and how to cope with it. By ensuring that your employees receive their mandatory occupational health assessments, both the company and the employee can be fully informed and continue to be efficient and productive. With a strong support structure in place, an employee diagnosed with cancer could continue to work throughout their cancer treatment.
Working Knowledge International offers a full range of Occupational Health Medicals that assist with, among other things, the early detection of cancer and raising cancer awareness in the workplace. Join the fight against cancer by educating all members of your organisation about cancer, and by adhering to the requirements stipulated in the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
We are here to assist – Contact us today to arrange Occupational Health Assessments for your employees.
Cancer Tips and Facts
• Show your support by attending a ‘shavathon’ organised by CANSA.
• Early detection is key.
• Each year, 12 million people worldwide are diagnosed with cancer. More than 100 000 of those are South African.
• 90% of cancers are caused by environmental and lifestyle factors.
• Some of the leading causes of cancer are infections that can be vaccinated against, such as the Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus vaccines.
• Regular exercise can reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer.
• Tobacco is the leading cause of cancer worldwide. It’s never too late to quit smoking!
• The most common cancers affecting women in South Africa are breast cancer, cervical cancer, colo-rectal (bowel) cancer, lung cancer and oesophagal cancer (gastrointestinal system).
• The most common cancers affecting South African men are prostate cancer, lung cancer, oesophagal cancer, bladder cancer and colo-rectal cancer.