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How corporates can get involved in the fight against cancer

Cancer needs a lot of support from family and friends. Here's how companies get involved with helping their staff:

Getting sick especially with a chronic condition is a costly thing, bruh. For mild colds and flu we know we can self-medicate, but serious illnesses and diseases can be more complicated.

With cancer treatments ranging anywhere from R10 000 to R2 million per year depending on the severity and type of cancer someone is suffering from, this can put major strain on you, whether you’re covered by medical aid or not.

Naturally, this will affect how much time you spend at work. Since this is a place we spend a lot of time at, it would do you a world of good to know your employers have your back through the worst of times.

There’s a number of ways companies can show their employees some much needed love.

Cancer fund

Companies could start a fund for their employees that can be developed and sustained through fundraising events and activations inside and outside the company. A support fund would also go a long way to reduce the financial stress faced by cancer patients and their families. Every penny counts.

Support groups

We often hear people say “I can’t imagine what you’re going through”. By creating support groups in the company, you get the benefit of speaking to people who know exactly what you’re going through, that you may or may not already be familiar with.

Better work eating habits

It’s hard telling grown ups what to eat, but no-one can resist a good snack. Fruits and veggies like broccoli, grapes, pomegranate, berries, avo, apricot, tomato, as well as lemons, oranges and grapefruit, have been noted by cancer associations around the globe as being good additions to your diet to fight prostate and testicular cancer. Add a good selection of nuts to the mix and you have yourself a recipe for team breakfasts, snack times and smoothie challenges waiting to be explored. Companies can consider a young revamp of their cafeteria area to promote healthy foods.

Male cancers like prostate cancer and testicular cancer can be defeated. Getting all the things that can help you feel loved and supported are important to your recovery. Men need love, too.

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