Olympus America

Social Responsibility: Advocacy

Colon Cancer

Colon Cancer Awareness

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cancer killer in the United States for men and women combined. Yet it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. In fact, if everyone aged 50 and older were regularly screened, experts say up to 60 percent of these deaths could be prevented.

In most cases, colon cancer develops from abnormal growths called polyps in the colon or rectum. Polyps can be removed before they turn into cancer; screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when it is most treatable. Because routine colorectal cancer screening saves lives, and because Olympus is the leading endoscopy company, we continue to dedicate efforts toward CRC awareness and education.

With a variety of programs to inform employees, as well as customers and the public, about the importance of early detection, Olympus is committed to increasing colon cancer screening rates. We are especially proud of our collaboration with professional medical societies and numerous colon cancer organizations. By helping to educate, inform and create awareness about CRC through direct consumer outreach online (crcawareness.com), various sponsorships, education, and more, we are helping to save lives.

crc advocacy

Olympus is committed to working with policymakers, healthcare experts, physicians and patient organizations to expand colon cancer awareness and access to screening. As a global leader in providing solutions for digestive disease diagnosis and treatment, it is our goal to be a resource on this important social cause by bringing our expertise to the public policy debate in public forums, research initiatives and educational campaigns. To join us in our fight against colon cancer and voice your support for early detection, take action by visiting crcawareness.com.

Employee wellness

Olympus values its employees as one of the company’s most important assets. The investment we make in attracting, training and retaining the best people throughout the Americas is core to our current success and future growth.

We want our employees to choose to build careers at Olympus and as such the company provides comprehensive compensation and health and wellness benefits offerings that we believe are very competitive. The medical, dental and vision benefits focus on healthy living and preventative care, including colonoscopy, mammogram and wellness visits with no additional cost to the employee.

Olympus’ Roadmap to Wellness program provides employees and spouses/partners – at no cost to them –personalized, comprehensive and confidential blood work and priceless insight into their current state of wellness. Olympus continues its focus on wellness with free flu shots. Both programs are offered to employees and spouses/partners, including those not enrolled in the company-sponsored medical benefits plan.


Olympus also offers smoking cessation and Employee Assistance programs, a source for counsel on childcare and parenting, money management, work-home balance, stress management and career planning, among other topics.