Fighting cancer in the workplace

By PROFESSOR GORDON WISHART, Clinical Director, Check4Cancer

WHEN THE WORLD-LEADING international property and infrastructure group Lend Lease surveyed the employees in its EMEA arm, it brought to light a shocking fact. A large proportion of those employees worked outside, on construction sites, with prolonged exposure to sunlight – yet 52% of these admitted they did not use protection against the effects of the sun, in spite of the ready availability of sunscreen and an awareness that such precautions were sensible.

 Why did this happen, in an environment where the risks were already well-known? To some extent, we are all guilty of this kind of thinking from time to time. If we don’t see or feel an immediate effect, then it’s easy to push thoughts of some seemingly distant threat to one side, or to think “I’ll deal with that tomorrow...” Cancer is not something that anyone really wants to think or talk about, so the impulse to stick our heads in the sand with regard to this illness is specially strong – until it’s too late, of course, and we are forced to confront it.

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About Check4Cancer

Check4Cancer Ltd. (previously known as International HealthScreen Technologies Ltd) started its existence in Cambridge in 2006 when the two founders Prof Gordon Wishart and Troels Jordansen met. The first BreastHealth UK clinic started at Spire Cambridge Lea in April 2008.

Today Check4Cancer offers 6 innovative different services for early detection of cancer. The services are:

BowelCheck                 BreastCheck                  GynaeCheck       
LungCheck                   ProstateCheck               SkinCheck          

 Above 6 services cover 90% of all new cancer incidence in the United Kingdom every year.

The services are supervised by a Board of Clinical Advisors; please click here for more details. All advisors are nationally renown  experts within each cancer area.

Throughout a network of over 80 clinics across the United Kingdom private individuals and companies can access these services. 2 of the life saving services (BowelCheck and GynaeCheck) requires no clinic but are based on home sampling.

Besides services for early detection of cancer Check4Cancer also operates the largest independent network of genetic counsellors and test. GeneHealth UK offers several cancer genetic tests ranging from gold standard BRCA 1&2 tests to innovative cancer panels. Pre-conception testing is being introduced during 2015.

With around 1 out of 2 Britons getting cancer over their lifetime cancer is a very serious issue for individuals and companies. On this background Check4Cancer is proud to be working with some of the leading companies to offer affordable services for early detection of cancer and cancer awareness services. Please click here for a list of such companies.

Check4Cancer is working according to ISO9000 and ISO270000, regulated by CQC, complies with the requirements of the Cyber Essential Scheme, registered with ICO is very proud to have 93% of our clients rating us ‘Very Good’ to ‘Excellent’.

 For more information please contact our Managing Director, Troels Jordansen on 07917130019 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.