It can be difficult to take statistics seriously. Take, for example, colorectal cancer. With an estimated 135,000 new cases in 2017, it is the fourth-most common type of cancer, and approximately 4.3% of people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with it at some point during their lifetimes.
But to Mark Miller, those statistics were simply numbers on a page. That is, until his mother was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2016. With that wake-up call, Mark knew it was time to take precautionary measures and get a colonoscopy.
“My hope was really focused on this as simply preventative and the proper course of action to move forward for the rest of my life,” said Mark.
Fortunately, Olympus’ mission is to make people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling – including the lives of its employees. That is why they offer coverage for their employee’s colonoscopies.
“[Olympus] feels very strong in our ability to help each other,” said Mark. “We have a very strong community – I’d argue it’s a family.”
Mark received a clean bill of health following his colonoscopy, and his mother is cancer-free. Now, he recognizes the importance of at least one colorectal cancer statistic: if treated early enough, there is over a 90% survival rate.
To find out more about how Olympus raises awareness for colorectal cancer, click here.