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Cancer Screening For Workplaces

Why focus on cancer screening in your workplace?

Adults spend half of their waking hours at work. Research shows that the work environment directly affects employees health. A workplace can improve the health of its employees by becoming a healthy workplace.

 Healthy workplaces have many benefits including:

  • BusinessmanImproved productivity
  • Lower health benefit costs
  • Less absenteeism
  • Fewer injuries and illnesses
  • Improved job satisfaction
  • Improved workplace morale
  • Improved workplace image

Creating a healthy workplace makes it easier for employees to make healthy choices. Encourage employees to take time to protect their health for today and the future. Participating in regular screening for breast, cervical and colon cancer can help save lives.

Why use a Comprehensive Approach to promote cancer screening in the workplace?

Research shows that using a comprehensive approach to health promotion in the workplace impacts the health of the employees and can lead to positive behaviour changes. Learn more about the comprehensive workplace approach.

When making a plan to promote cancer screening, include activities from each of the four strategies. Plan activities throughout the year to help your message to be more effective.

Sample Cancer Screening Plan
Below are some examples from each of the 4 Health Promotion Strategies

Awareness Raising

Education & Skill Building

  • Display cancer screening posters
  • Promote cancer screening on the workplace website, emails and print
  • Host a health fair and display information
  • Use Cancer Awareness months
    • April is Cancer Awareness Month
    • March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month
    • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Consider following Durham Region Health Department on social media
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  • Work with a public health nurse to:
    • Plan activities to increase employees’ knowledge, such as a health education session
  • Connect with other community agencies for education sessions e.g. Canadian Cancer Society
  • Include a link to on your workplace website

Environmental Support

Healthy Policies

  • Share locations of where employees can access cancer screening
  • Provide time for employees to attend cancer screening appointments
  • Investigate the process for developing a cancer screening policy at your workplace
  • Implement a policy to support employees to attend cancer screening appointments
  • Inform employees of policies

For support from a public health nurse call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729

Cancer Screening Workplace Resources

The following resources are available at no cost to assist with the promotion of cancer screening in the workplace:


  • Sample Workplace Plan for Promoting Cancer Screening
  • Promoting Cancer Screening in the Workplace Guide
  • Sample Cancer Screening Workplace Policy
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  • Sample Cheque Inserts
  • Cancer Screening Test Your Knowledge Trivia
  • Cancer Screening Posters


  • Cancer Screening Presentation for Employees
  • Pamphlets (Colon, Breast, Cervical)
  • Screening Reminder Card
  • CancerIQ Quiz

Cancer Screening Information

Screening helps health care providers find cancer early when it is easier to treat or cure. Cancer screening should be done when you are healthy and have no symptoms. Learn more about breast, colon and cervical cancer screening guidelines.

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More Information

For more information call Durham Health Connection Line
905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729