The pandemic that hit us one year ago has forced changes on us, and many of us neglect the proper health screenings that could save our lives.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and early detection is key to preventing many major illnesses, and cancer is on the top of that list.

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Proper screenings can detect cancer, and increase the odds of surviving many types.

According to a news release from the Broome County Health Department, many people have been putting off scheduling their recommended screenings, because they can’t afford to take time off from work.

CPiA Program Coordinator Mary McFadden says “Employees may not get cancer screenings for many reasons, and now many have additional concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic”

The BCHP is suggesting that employers encourages employees to get screenings, and to allow them paid time off for cancer screenings.

With March being Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, it’s a great opportunity to give workers an incentive to schedule and complete their screenings.

McFadden says “Employees without a cancer screening paid time off benefit are less likely to get recommended screenings, than employees with a paid time off benefit”

The CPiA which stands for Cancer Prevention in Action Program has supported funds from New York State, and works with employers to develop a program for paid time off for cancer screenings.

For more information on the Cancer Prevention in Action Program call 607 778 3929 or CLICK HERE

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