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Serious illness is a major concern among U.S. employees, according to a survey by Harris Interactive commissioned by Colonial Life. Eighty-four percent of employees said they’re concerned they or someone in their family will be diagnosed with cancer, heart disease or another serious illness. More women than men are concerned about contracting an illness, with 89 percent of women saying this is a concern, compared with 79 percent of men. This disparity gets smaller as employees age, however, and eventually reverses; 91 percent of men over 55 are concerned about serious illness, while 87 percent of women share the same worry.


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