American Cancer Society CEOs Against Cancer
The 2015 CEOs Against Cancer National Meeting was held in Washington, DC on September 29-30. This unique opportunity offered CEO members best practices and dynamic discussions that addressed critical health issues facing their workplace, communities, and our world.
There are nearly 400 members of the American Cancer Society CEOs Against Cancer program who represent a powerful network that includes the most prominent names in business today. Members bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to prevent, treat and cure this disease, which costs U.S. employers $225.8 billion each year.
Learn more about how the American Cancer Society helps the CEOs Against Cancer program increase cancer awareness to the community at large. Also, find out more about how the Society’s efforts to end cancer forever.
Cancer is everyone's business; whether we want it to be or not.
- Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), like cancer, heart disease, and stroke, currently account for 63 percent of deaths (36 million deaths worldwide in 2008).1
- Over the next 20 years, NCDs will cost the global economy more than $47 trillion, or 75 percent of the global GDP in 2010.2
- Health related productivity losses cost US employers $225.8 billion annually.3
- An analysis of health care expenditures indicate that while cancer related disease accounted for 1 percent of a typical employers health care claims, it equated to 10 percent of health care cost.6
- Cancer is the disease employees fear most and will touch 1 in 4 Americans in their lifetime.7
Making an Impact
- More than one-third of all cancers are related to modifiable lifestyle factors that include lack of physical activity, inappropriate dietary practices and tobacco use.8
- Prevention programs, such as tobacco cessation, as well as regular screenings, are proven methods of decreasing cancer risk among employees, increasing early diagnosis, and increasing overall direct and indirect cost savings. 9
- Some of the biggest successes and most effective weapons in the war on cancer –early detection and prevention – are not being used as effectively as they could be.10
Support from the American Cancer Society
- Stay Well: Create a culture of health by ensuring your employee health and wellness benefits include evidence-based, comprehensive cancer prevention programs and high-quality support for cancer screening and care.
- Get Well: Face cancer through access to accurate, up-to-date information that helps them understand the disease and make informed decisions about their health while incorporating information about American Cancer Society support programs and services into your health and wellness communications and offerings.
- Find Cures: Change the future of cancer by investing in groundbreaking research that will help us understand cancer’s causes, determine how best to prevent it, and discover new cures.
- Fight Back: Join more than 3 million grassroots volunteers who work tirelessly to support people facing cancer and their families through their cancer journey, advocating for cancer-fighting legislation, and participating in inspiring community events that help save lives.
1. World Health Organization.Global status report on noncommunicable diseases 2010. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2011.
2. Bloom, D.E., Cafiero, E.T., Jané-Llopis, E., Abrahams-Gessel, S., Bloom, L.R., Fathima, S., Feigl,
A.B., Gaziano, T., Mowafi, M., Pandya, A., Prettner, K., Rosenberg, L., Seligman, B., Stein, A.Z., & Weinstein, C. (2011). The Global Economic Burden of Noncommunicable Diseases. Geneva: World Economic Forum.
3. Stewart WF, Ricci JA, Chee E, Morganstein D. Lost productive work time costs from health conditions in the United States: results from the American productivity audit. J Occup Environ Med. 2003;45(12):1234-1246.