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Cancer and Careers

Website: http://www.cancerandcareers.org/
Languages Spoken: english, spanish

Provides a free workbook, educational resources, support and information for both cancer patients and survivors, as well as coworkers, managers, CEO's and human resources personnel about cancer patients and survivors working through their treatment and returning to work.

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Six years ago, The Cosmetic Executive Women Board of Directors' came upon a startling realization: Five out of some 40 board members had been diagnosed with cancer. Some told their colleagues at work. Others did not. But all continued to work during or following treatment and came upon similar dilemmas.

How do I tell my boss? What will my coworkers think? How do I balance work and treatment? What can I expect from my employer? What are my legal rights? What do other women do?

The truth is, work doesn't stop once you've been diagnosed with cancer. Over 80% of cancer survivors return to work after treatment. And once diagnosed, work becomes even more important.

Cancer and Careers is committed to changing the face of cancer in the workplace by providing a comprehensive website, free publications, and a series of support groups and educational seminars for employees with cancer. Cancer and Careers' Living and Working with Cancer workbook, available free of charge in English and Spanish, has been distributed to more than 50,000 cancer survivors in all 50 states, Canada, England, India, South Africa and Spain.  Cancerandcareers.org informs more than 80,000 visitors per year, providing essential tools and information for employees with cancer.  In addition, the Managing Through Cancer Pioneers program helps employers face the challenge of cancer in the workplace. Member companies enhance their own workplace culture, while also demonstrating their commitment to setting a standard of support for all employees battling the disease.

Cancer and Careers is a program of the CEW Foundation, the charitable arm of Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc., a New York-based non-profit trade organization of 4,000 executives in the beauty, cosmetics, fragrance and related industries.

For more information: Contact Kate Sweeney, ksweeney@cew.org.