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Men At Work – with cancer
Date: 5 Dec 2017
The first-ever guide to help men to keep working during or after a cancer diagnosis has been published.
‘Working With Cancer’ from the European Men’s Health Forum is a short 12-page booklet that answers all the questions that working men whether employed, self-employed or freelance have when cancer strikes. How do we know? Because the booklet was written by a working man with cancer, developed with a steering group including working men with cancer and read and commented on by working men with cancer. It also addresses the employer’s perspective, the legal position and related matters around money and general health.
EMHF President Dr Ian Banks who chaired the project said: ‘there’s lots of information about living with cancer out there but little of it is targeted at men. Clearly is an area such as work which is so important to men this is a gap that we were determined to fill. More and more of us will be working with and after a cancer diagnosis. It’s a challenging thing to do as all those involved in producing this guide know but Working With Cancer will make the challenge a little easier.’
Dame Carol Black, who addressed the symposium that launched the project said: ‘when asked, most men with or surviving cancer, still value work. With longer life expectancy, rising incidence of cancer with an increased survival, more of these men will be seeking a return to the workplace.
‘This is good news, not only for the men themselves - we know that worklessness is at least as dangerous to health as smoking - it also makes sense for society. Enabling those men who wish to return to work with and despite cancer will be facilitated by this tool from the European Men’s Health Forum.’