To the editor,

With increasing health promotion programs in the workplace, more companies are implementing health and wellness strategies to reduce health care costs. Escalating health care costs continue to remain an issue of concern for health professionals and employers.

Routine screenings, such as mammograms, can detect certain cancers early, when they are most treatable.  In an effort to save lives and money, employers can offer paid time off for preventive cancer screenings and benefit from a healthier workplace.

For example, employers who offer paid time off for cancer screenings pay less annually in health care claims than for that employee to be diagnosed with cancer. Illnesses and disease are preventable, so by providing your employees with paid time off for cancer screening your company can lower heath care costs, reduce absenteeism, have higher productivity, increase morale and loyalty of your employees, and much more.

This is a great time for employers to adopt a paid time off policy for cancer screenings.  Government agencies, local businesses and other municipalities already offer four hours of paid time off to their employees.  We can all be a part of a healthy nation and this begins where we live and work every day!

For more information on becoming part of a healthy workforce, call the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties at 518-841-3726.

 Suzanne Hagadorn

Health Education & Promotion Coordinator

Cancer Services Program