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Cancer concept Employees who take leave for colorectal cancer at a younger age take less time off from work than those who enter the disability system at a later age. (Photo: Shutterstock)

With many competing priorities this year, it’s important that employers continue efforts to educate their workforce about the importance of preventive care. As March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, this presents an opportune time to encourage preventive actions that can help mitigate the risk to their employees. After all, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the U.S., affecting approximately 140,000 people and causing 50,000 deaths each year. Fortunately, it is also one of the most preventable cancers; and regular screenings and early detection are associated with a decreased rate of colorectal cancer illness and death in recent years.

Erin Peterson IBI Erin Peterson, MPH, is a research associate with Integrated Benefits Institute.

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