Sonia Kashuk & Rebecca Nellis: October 19, 2016

Social Media has impacted the Issue of Cancer Disclosure at Work, New Data Show




Cancer Survivor and Founder, Sonia Kashuk Beauty



Chief Mission Officer, Cancer and Careers

New survey results reveal that 90 percent of cancer survivors disclosed their diagnosis to someone at work and 64 percent found that talking with co-workers about their experience helps them cope, up from 51 percent in 2015. While it’s important that cancer survivors get the support they need from their colleagues, it is also important that they weigh their options carefully before disclosing. Social media adds another layer of considerations to cancer survivors’ decision-making around disclosure. The same survey found that one-third (34%) of social media users disclosed their diagnosis online and 7 in 10 (71%) working cancer survivors use social media weekly or more often. When a survivor decides not to share their diagnosis at work but is talking about it online, it can lead to an accidental disclosure. The survey was commissioned by Cancer and Careers, the only U.S. organization dedicated solely to serving the growing population of people working during and after cancer treatment, and conducted by Harris Poll.

On Wednesday, October 19, Sonia Kashuk and Rebecca Nellis will be available for live interviews to discuss their insights on cancer disclosure in the workplace, the benefits that working during treatment can bring to patients and survivors and tips on having productive workplace conversations. Nellis can also speak on how social media has impacted cancer disclosure and how to navigate online privacy issues and Kashuk can recount her experience as a working cancer survivor.

About the Survey

Cancer and Careers commissioned Harris Poll to conduct the Workplace Disclosure and Online Behaviors survey to better understand the attitudes and behaviors of cancer survivors regarding the topics of disclosure in the workplace in-person and online. The survey was conducted online between March 29th and April 14th, 2016 among a total of 219 respondents aged 18 or older, employed FT/PT and diagnosed with cancer within past 7 years. Data were weighted to targets from the Centers of Disease Control’s 2013 NHIS (National Health Interview Survey) data for the U.S. age 18+ population who have been diagnosed with cancer and are employed.


More about Sonia Kashuk and Rebecca Nellis:

Sonia Kashuk, a breast cancer survivor, is an award-winning makeup artist and the Founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty. She is also a member of the Cancer and Careers Board of Governors.

Rebecca Nellis, MPP is the Chief Mission Officer for Cancer and Careers. As an expert on cancer workplace issues, she travels the country speaking at national cancer conferences, leading hospitals and community events–more than 100 presentations to-date about the intersection of life, work and cancer.


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