A large part of Indian population belongs to the working group aged from 18-65 years. Top of that, the Indian Government has launched Make in India campaign recently which aims to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub. This will create many employment opportunities in the private & public sector. However, the questions around the wellness of employees – the key assets behind India’s economic progress are still unanswered. The Indian IT sector fuelled vast employment opportunities but, on the other hand, it brought a work environment & lifestyle that has exacerbated the rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). It is only now that many MNCs have recognised this and have come up with wellness programs and also offer preventive health checks. These companies, however, are only a few in number and the seriousness, effectiveness & impact of such programs is still a question mark. There have been numerous studies in the west which have shown the impact of such programs when it comes to productivity, absenteeism, and lower premium rates for employee health covers. When the whole world is looking eastwards, we shouldn’t be going the wrong way and should learn from the west and be proactive in this approach.
The corporates or workplaces first need to consider that their employees are spending one-third portion of their day at work. This often leads to unhealthy eating habits, inactive lifestyles, and stress. The National Health Policy of 2017 – India was launched to reduce stress and improve health safety at work, where the workplace has to offer an ideal setting for supporting employee’s health. But is this enough? We need to accept that many important areas of employee wellness are not yet covered by most of the organisations. We know that only a few multinational corporates are offering health check-up benefits to their employees but those are not sufficient either. Also, often employees do not use them due to ignorance or lack of awareness. Moreover, checks & screenings for diseases like cancer are not included in those health check-up packages.
The Importance of Cancer Awareness
Cancer in India is on the rise in India and what’s even more alarming is that we have one of the worst mortality rates in the world when it comes to cancer. Unfortunately, corporates employees are often diagnosed with cancer as stress and sedentary lifestyle are one of the major risk factors. Medical science & technology has progressed enormously these days and hence cancer is now not only treatable but can also be detected in early stages when chances of successful treatment are highly promising. Most of us though, think of cancer as a fatal disease which runs in the family or only affects very few people with certain lifestyles. This is not true, and cancer, although it has certain risk factors, can also happen to healthy individuals with no family history of the disease. We must, hence talk more about cancer, understand it better and go for the regular cancer screening test. Workplace wellness plans often do not include such screening tests in their programs. It is thus, also the responsibility of the corporate world, leaders and other educators working individuals to take up the mantle of lightening the nation’s cancer burden by raising the importance of cancer awareness and giving cancer prevention programs and screening tests their due importance.
Pantum Detect is one such revolutionary cancer screening test from HMZ Laboratories that is an innovative yet simple and convenient blood test that detects cancer through tumour presence. It is completely safe, hassle-free and needs to be carried out on a yearly basis. It helps detect cancer at a very early stage even before the symptoms arise. Moreover, the test is not costly and can reduce cancer mortality rates hugely.
Investing in wellness programs that include such tests will not only increase the chances of beating cancer drastically but will also help drive India’s economic success. One of the few harsh lessons that the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us is definitely around our lack of focus on healthcare. A holistic approach towards preventing cancer & minimizing cancer-related fatalities requires a significant effort from the employers as well. Along with a healthy work environment & lifestyle, employers need to raise the importance of cancer awareness too and help move the nation away from the burden of cancer-like diseases.