The Cancer Awareness in the Workplace programme

The Cancer Awareness in the Workplace programme

Get in touch to find out how you and your employees can start benefiting from our impactful cancer awareness programme.

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At Cancer Research UK our vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. The good news is that over the last 40 years, survival in the UK has doubled. But we want to speed up progress and see even more people surviving cancer. So, two key areas of focus for the charity are preventing cancers and diagnosing cancer earlier.

Our workplace health programme empowers employees across the UK to take positive action for their health. We raise awareness about how people can reduce their risk of cancer and the importance of spotting cancer early. The programme helps employees:

  • Think more positively about cancer and separate cancer myths from facts
  • Learn how to reduce their risk of cancer through small changes
  • Understand the importance of knowing your body and visiting a doctor with any concerns

We’ve seen the positive impact our programme has had on workforces across the UK.

  • 88% of employees felt more positive towards their company[5]
  • Our workshops have increased employees’ awareness of the UK’s bowel cancer screening programme from 41% to 93%[6]
  • 88% of employees said they were likely or very likely to make a positive change for their health[7]
"Thank you for helping us look at cancer positively."

"An overall insight into how to look after yourself and where to find help (was excellent)"

"The tools are very helpful in motivating me to change my approach to more healthy living"

"The service and knowledge you provide to people is very valuable and reassuring, thank you"

This includes

  • Building and construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy
  • Travel and transport
  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Food services
  • Financial services​

Here are just a few of the companies we are currently working with:

Whatever your company, we want to hear from you. Get in touch

Coming soon…testimonials from companies we have worked with since the programme began in 2015.

Become a Corporate Partner

From raising vital funds to building awareness of our cause, Cancer Research UK's corporate partners play a crucial role in our life-saving work. Our team of strategic partnership experts look to create partnerships that are mutually beneficial and highly effective, with all partners valued for their contribution and commitment, regardless of size or sector.

Find out more about the benefits of becoming a corporate partner.

Make payday mean more with Payroll Giving

Payroll Giving is a simple and tax-efficient scheme that allows your employees to regularly donate to charities directly from their gross salary – for example, a £10 donation will cost your employees £8 (based on 20% tax bracket). It’s proven to promote positive feeling for staff and brand loyalty for customers, as it showcases your support for the great causes your staff care about. Whatever the size of your organisation, Payroll Giving is quick and easy to put in place but promoting your scheme is essential to achieve good sign-up rates.

To find out more, visit or email to get support on setting up a Payroll Giving scheme.


  1. Mercer Talent Trends 2017 Global Study: empowerment in a disrupted world (pages 10,11).

  2. Based on the average annual number of new cases of all cancer (ICD10 C00-C97 excl. C44) in people aged between 20 and 64 years between 2014-2016.

  3. Brown KF, Rumgay H, Dunlop C, et al. The fraction of cancer attributable to known risk factors in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the UK overall in 2015. British Journal of Cancer 2018.

  4. Excess cases calculated by the Statistical Information Team at Cancer Research UK. Using data from Cancer Research UK and National Cancer Intelligence Network. May 2015.

  5. Based on responses from 461 employees after attending the early diagnosis workshop or visiting a nurse health stand (April 2018- March 2019).

  6. Based on responses from 178 employees before and after attending the early diagnosis workshop (April 2018- March 2019).

  7. Based on responses from 95 employees after visiting a nurse health stand (April 2018 – March 2019).

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