05 August 2008
Breast cancer patients 'unaware of anti-discrimination rights'
The majority of people diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK are unaware of the employment rights that exist to prevent them becoming the victims of discrimination.
This is according to a study conducted by Breast Cancer Care, which found that 61 per cent of patients questioned did not know the Disability Discrimination Act offers them specific rights.
Meanwhile, the organisation also cites figures published in the government's Cancer Reform Strategy, which suggested that less than a fifth of employers are aware that cancer is classed as a disability.
"When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer they have so much to think about already, without added worries over the amount of time they may need to take off work, loss of earnings and concerns regarding job security," stated Samia al Qadhi, chief executive of Breast Cancer Care.
According to Cancer Research UK, over 44,000 and 300 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Britain.