World Cancer Day

by Marie Borsellino, M.S.N., R.N., O.C.N., February 03, 2017

The primary objective of World Cancer Day—aglobal event that takes place every year on February 4th is to get as many people as possible talking about cancer. This event aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness, providing education about the disease, and pressing government and individuals to take action. Be sure to visit

  • Providing a flexible return to work schedule to help onboard the employee is important;
  • Maintaining good communication throughout this process is critical;
  • Being upfront about the need for job modifications, policies, legal rights and responsibilities, and support programs;

This event aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness

Establishing and enforcing workplace policies that ensure employees coping with cancer—and their caregivers—are not disadvantaged or discriminated against in recruitment, on the job, and upon their return to the workplace.

Caregivers also need flexibility at work. Employers can be supportive by extending flexible workplace policies to caregivers and providing access to resources such as workplace counseling.

We spend the majority of our time at work, and for many of us it is an extension of our family. It’s important that co-workers are sensitive to the needs and feelings of a colleague affected by cancer; keeping in touch during time away from the workplace is very helpful. Taking the opportunity to support one another is invaluable and goes along way for both the receiver of good will and the recipient.

If you are an employee affected by cancer, please let us know how much or how little you have been supported. We’d like to hear your ideas aboutwhat would have improved your experience ofmanaging cancer at work. Please send your thoughts/insights to:

I look forward to hearing from you all and continuing the conversation!




UICC, Bupa (2015). Working with cancer: Supportingemployees living with cancer to return to work.–-workingcancer-supporting-employees-living-cancer-return-work

NCD Alliance (2016). Realizing the potential of workplaces to prevent and control NCDs.

Macmillan Cancer Support. Managing Cancer in the Workplace.

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Labels: Awareness, Prevention

Marie is the Oncology Nurse Navigator for the Managing Cancer at Work program and has worked in the field of oncology for 28 years in  many different roles. Her passion is finding new ways to connect and support patients and their caregivers with a cancer diagnosis. Besides reading oncology journals her interests are her family, listening to live music, and her addiction to yoga.