Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related death in Australia, but it doesn’t have to be. Did you know that if detected early enough, more than 90% of bowel cancer cases can be successfully treated? The problem is, many people don’t know how to reduce their risk and improve their chances of early detection.
Our Workplace Prevention Program gives you, the employer, the opportunity to educate your staff about preventing bowel cancer and the steps everyone can take to reduce their risk. Our program fits well within existing health and wellbeing programs or can be run as a stand-alone initiative.
The Workplace Prevention Program involves:
- A powerful 20-minute presentation delivered at your workplace by a Jodi Lee Foundation representative or one of your staff members
- A range of materials and resources that encourage employees to get involved
- Education Toolkits for all your employees
- Simple at-home bowel Screening Tests, which are the most effective way of detecting bowel cancer early
- Participation reports showing the number of Screening Tests completed and the results (anonymous)
- A short employee survey to help us understand the impact of the program (anonymous)
Once you have signed up you will receive an Employer Kit that includes:
- Employer Handbook – with step by step instructions to help you run the program
- Presentation – with helpful notes for the presenter
- Materials and Resources – to promote the program around your workplace and encourage participation
- Order Form – to order Education Toolkits and Screening Tests for your staff
Taking part in our Workplace Prevention Program has resulted in the early detection and successful treatment of a number of bowel cancer cases.
We know it saves lives.
Download the information flyer here.
My story begins a short time before turning 30. I attended Nick’s presentation and Jodi’s story hit me hard as my brother-in-law (in his 40s with three children) is in the final throes of a losing battle with bowel cancer. At the end of the presentation, our CEO announced that they had purchased everyone in the company a screening test and I decided to take one. I had recently moved in with my girlfriend so it took a few weeks before I did the test. It was far easier and less dramatic than I imagined it would be. A few weeks later I received a phone call at work from my GP’s office asking me to come and see him straight away. My heart sank and fear set in.
When I arrived home, I found a letter in the mailbox stating that my test had come back positive for blood – more fear set in. The following day I met with the GP. He was amused and confused why I had even taken the test but thrilled when I explained the work visit from Nick. He said although I’m young and have no symptoms, I had to see a specialist just to rule things out. After giving me some statistics about how unlikely it was that I had anything wrong, I left feeling a little better.
The specialist had much the same reaction and explained it was very unlikely he’d find anything, but a colonoscopy was a formality we had to take. When I awoke from the colonoscopy I was told that the specialist wanted to see me straight away. He said he was in disbelief, as he had found and removed six polyps which were sent for biopsy.
I have since been informed that of two of the polyps were ‘nasty ones’ and if left untreated would have likely turned into bowel cancer.
I can’t express my thanks to Nick and to REDARC Electronic strongly enough. Without their conscious efforts to spread the word (and the extremely fortuitous luck I’ve had), I’d likely be in the same boat as my brother-in-law in a few years’ time. Early detection through a simple screening test has more than likely saved my life. Thank you.
From start to finish the program was educational, professional and ultimately personal. The Foundation was fantastic in the way they coordinated and managed the program – in particular the educational materials and short presentation provided to our staff. As a result, more employees took the opportunity to complete the test than we expected, and those who did it indicated how easy it was. The most satisfying element came from one employee, who said that taking the test uncovered an issue that potentially saved their life. The power of this program to make a difference is enormous.
Feedback from our employees showed the program was educational, easy-to-understand and very powerful in its message. Employees responded well to Nick’s presentation, with many participating in screening as a result. It’s such a simple test and it saves lives. If getting your workplace to participate can potentially save just one life, it’s worth it.
Like many, the Australian football community has experienced first-hand the devastating impact of bowel cancer. The response was outstanding and the level of knowledge gained has proved to be invaluable.
This program makes sense, is easy to coordinate, and it is in line with our Core Values. It is also low cost yet high value and has an ongoing employee benefit through regular reminders to screen that are automatically issued to those who take part.
The wellbeing of our staff is paramount to the success of our business and with a considerable proportion of our staff being over 40, I felt it important that we make them aware of the prevalence of bowel cancer and that it can be prevented.
Understanding the prevalence of bowel cancer, there was no question about providing this screening service to our employees. The care and concern offered by ResourceCo through the provision of the program certainly aided in maintaining our employees’ satisfaction and morale.
We offered the program to all employees nationally and felt the initiative empowered employees to take responsibility for their health in relation to this highly preventable disease. We were thrilled to learn of at least one life that was saved as a result.
We are committed to caring for the health and wellbeing of our employees and our employees responded positively to the Workplace prevention Program, with many choosing to take a screening test and at least one life saved, that we know of, as a result of the initiative.
Beach provided all employees, and their respective partners, with bowel cancer screening kits through the program, and the feedback has been strongly supportive of the screening kits and how easy they are to use.
Last season, Nick Lee came into the club and spoke to players about his family’s experience with bowel cancer and the importance of early detection. It surprised many of the boys to learn just how common the disease is, but also how much of an impact early detection can have.
As a health care provider HSS understands the importance of early detection and prevention in serious illnesses such as bowel cancer. HSS cares about its staff members and wants to assist them to be proactive about their health, so the screening kits and information sessions were very well received.