Employers have an important role to play in cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship.  Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in the state and there are many ways to help including reasonable time off, onsite screenings and a host of other activities.  Look below for links to resources and check back often for updates. 

All Cancers

 Paid Leave Strategies for Cancer Screenings

Community Guide: Practice What you Promote: Increasing Cancer Screening Rates Among Employees

How Employers Can Promote Cancer Screenings - Johns Hopkins HealthCare Solutions (johnshopkinssolutions.com)

Johns-Hopkins-Work-Stride-5-reasons-screening-infographic-v012621.pdf (johnshopkinssolutions.com)

 Business Group on Health

Cancer Screenings 101


Breast and Cervical Cancer (including HPV)   Resources for employers about the importance of breast and cervical cancer screening:














Resources available to help furloughed /underinsured to employees


Medical Assistance  
PA Medical Assistance

Treatment: BCCPT
Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program

Insurance:  Pennie is Pennsylvania’s official destination for shopping for quality health insurance plans and accessing financial assistance, if eligible. 


Screening, Incidence and Mortality resources

These resources do not include 2020 data, but these resources are where national trends would be seen once 2020 data is released.

National screening data

a.    Updated March 2020 CDC, National Center for Health Stats, NIH         survey.  Includes screening trends by race/ethnicity, poverty       income level and education level

i. Breast https://progressreport.cancer.gov/detection/breast_cancer ii. Cervical  https://progressreport.cancer.gov/detection/cervical_cancer

Incidence and Mortality

a.    National data from NIH – incidence and mortality 1992-2018.         SEER data with graph

i. Breast https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/breast.html 

ii. Cervical https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/cervix.html 

b.    CDC US Cancer Statistics: Data Visualizations – incidence and      mortality

i. Female Breast 1999-2017: https://gis.cdc.gov/Cancer/USCS/DataViz.html       

ii. Cervical: https://gis.cdc.gov/Cancer/USCS/DataViz.html

c.    Pennsylvania Incidence and Mortality Cancer Dashboard (pa.gov)

5.   Cancer screening and worksite strategies

NBCCEDP Establishing workplace policies https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/success/workplace-policies.htm

Workplace policies success stories https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/success/workplace-policies.htm

Infographic screening saves lives, dollars, workforce productivity https://www.cdc.gov/screenoutcancer/pdf/no-time-guesswork-508.pdf

CEO Cancer Gold Standard


New York State Handout


Colorectal Cancer

What Can Employers Do to Advance the 80% Colorectal Cancer Screening Goal?

80% In Every Commmunity Interactive Strategic Plan-Breaking Down Policy Barriers

80% In Every Community Messaging Guidebook: Recommended Messages to Reaching the Unscreened


American Cancer Society Employer Strategies for Success




Offer paid leave for cancer screenings that is not deducted from other sick or vacation time.

  • Model Policy Guidelines: Early detection and screening are the best ways to prevent or find cancer in the earliest stages when treatment often leads to a cure. The first step to creating a worksite that supports cancer screening for all employees is to utilize this model policy in its entirety or adapt this model policy to support employee screening. A Worksite Cancer Screening Policy can include some or all of the following guidelines:
    • [Employer] is committed to providing paid time off annually for employees to complete screenings for cervical cancer [and/or] breast cancer [and/or] colorectal cancer.
    • [Employer] is committed to promoting this policy and providing its employees with evidence-based education to make informed decisions about screening.
    • [Employer] is committed to implementing evidence-based interventions, such as annual reminders to eligible employees, to increase screening completion.
    • Employer] will encourage employees age 50-75 to be screened for colorectal cancer.
    • [Employer] will encourage female employees age 21-65 to be screened for cervical cancer.
    • [Employer] will encourage female employees age 50-74 to be screened for breast cancer.
  • Implementation – the guidelines below provide suggestions for implementing this policy and increasing preventative cancer screening rates among employees.
    • Paid Leave Requests – when providing paid leave for employees to complete cancer screening, employers may wish to request a written recommendation from the employee’s healthcare provider that include the type of cancer screening and test. The timeframe to complete cancer screening varies by test; however the following can be used as a guidelines for paid leave requests.

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