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Cancer: Safety Implications for Employers

BY Douglas Cameron
Health & Safety
BG Orange

Around 330,000 adults in the UK are diagnosed with cancer every year.


Half of them now survive at least ten years and many – up to 84% of those working when they receive their diagnosis – return to work. 


Two-fifths of employees with cancer have to make changes to how they work, and almost half move jobs or leave work altogether.


Macmillan Cancer Support calls on employers to offer better support after finding that almost one-fifth of people who had the disease said they faced discrimination. 


Employers need to consider the physical demands of work; impact of fatigue; psychological demands; increased risk of infection; journey to work and the risks of home working.

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