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    Can Work, Will Work 2020

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    One in two people in the UK will get cancer in their lifetime1, while 125,000 of working age adults are diagnosed with cancer annually2.  With cancer set to impact businesses of all sizes, how employers tackle cancer in the workplace in the future will become even more vital.

    Peter ODonnell

    To highlight this, we welcomed over 100 clients, brokers and support providers to our ‘Can Work, Will Work 2020’ event at London’s Sea Containers on November 5th. The event focused on what we can do in 2020 to help employers support employees with cancer on their journey through treatment and back to work.

    Bill Turnbull 2Guest speakers included former BBC Breakfast presenter and Classic FM host Bill Turnbull, who spoke about his own cancer experience. This was followed by an informative panel discussion with a number of cancer care professionals on the role of employers in supporting employees with cancer. The event also highlighted some of the support tools available with insurance products like Critical Illness cover and Group Income Protection.

    Bill Turnbull said: “It’s been two years since my diagnosis and my life has changed forever. While I’ve had my ups and downs, it’s been the support of those around me who have helped me, and this extends beyond my family and friends to include my employer and colleagues at work. I think being able to go back to work is a huge part of being able to feel normal again. It’s vital that employers understand how important the support they provide to their employees with cancer is in helping them cope and live with this disease”.

    Peter O’Donnell, CEO of Unum says: “As we live and work longer, the reality is that more and more of us will face a cancer diagnosis at some point in our working lives. Employers play an important role in supporting employees as they the face the financial, emotional and professional obstacles a cancer diagnose can bring.  Unum’s enhanced critical Illness product and the unique Cancer Pathway provides quick and easy access for employers and employees to cancer support upon diagnosis, through treatment and recovery – whenever it is needed.”

    Bill Turnbull


    1 Cancer Research UK, 1 in 2 people in the UK will get cancer. 2015

    2 Macmillan Cancer Research, Macmillan: Work and Cancer, 2017