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Promote the health support included in employee benefits to prevent cancer

Digital health app, Peppy wants employers to recognise the important role they can play in offering early diagnosis and preventative care for cancer. In practice this means helping employees to recognise red flags when symptoms need to be investigated, signposting to screening programmes, and encouraging employees to improve their lifestyle in order to prevent cancer from developing in the first place.

Expert data also supports the case for offering workplace support:

  • According to Cancer Research UK, almost half of cancer cases are diagnosed at stages three and four.
  • UK data from the World Cancer Research Fund highlights  that ‘around 40 per cent of cancers are associated with modifiable risk factors’ i.e. lifestyle choices/changes.

Kathy Abernethy, Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Menopause Services, at Peppy said: “Absolute prevention is, of course, the holy grail which is where changes in lifestyle can be helpful but early detection is also in the best interests of employers and employees as treatment at this stage may be less invasive, faster and increase rates of survival.”

Early diagnosis support

Cancer support doesn’t necessarily need to be badged as such. Many employees will find they offer early diagnosis support via their employee benefits aimed at treating other conditions or issues. When employees have access to specialist clinical support, these practitioners can also highlight any unusual symptoms or issues and refer employees either on to other experts accessible via their benefits package, or help them navigate the NHS or private routes to diagnosis and treatment.

For example, an employee presenting with symptoms of menopause, such as heavy or irregular periods, may believe that a change in hormones is the culprit. However, in some situations, a clinical specialist may advise that further investigation or tests are required to consider other catalysts, including cancer.

Similarly, fertility support may lead to investigations for gynaecological cancers, and men’s health support could lead to further checks on urological cancers such as prostate cancer, the most prevalent cancer amongst men.

Kathy Abernethy continued: “The early symptoms of cancer are not always obvious to a non-medical person and so many employees may ignore some issues or not be aware that they could be indicative of something more serious. Having access to a clinical practitioner who has the time to consider the individual’s health as a whole is invaluable in preventing cancer.”

Lifestyle support

As well as receiving clinical support from experts, many employee benefits contain support to help staff make effective lifestyle choices. Support to help employees lose weight, make changes to their diet, increase their exercise regime, reduce or stop drinking and smoking, are also core to preventing cancer.

Kathy Abernethy concluded: “Many employees can take their future in to their own hands and make lifestyle changes that can mitigate the risk of cancer.

“Employers can also play a proactive role by offering access to clinical practitioners who can support the health of staff in a holistic way, both lifestyle, as well as suggesting further medical investigations for cancer if necessary.”

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For further information please contact: Sharon Mason SMUK Marketing and PR [email protected] Mob:07747 611773 Land:01252 843350 Notes to editors Press kit Peppy is a digital health app that connects employees to real, human experts. Peppy is a digital health app that is changing the way employers care for their people, supporting under-served areas of healthcare. These include family and reproductive health – trying to start a family, becoming a parent and going through the menopause – and specialist support for men’s health and women’s health. When an employer gives its people Peppy, it connects them to real, human health experts over chat, live events and virtual consultations. Users can also access a wealth of on-demand, expert-created content, including videos, audios, articles and lifestyle courses. Peppy helps employees take control of their health by giving them the information, answers and personalised support they need, at the touch of a button. Over 250 leading UK employers and over one million individuals have access to life-changing support with Peppy, including Clifford Chance, Marsh McLennan, Santander, the University of Sheffield and Wickes.

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