8/15/2005 - Xilinx Corporation, Linear Technology Corporation and Summit Microelectronics announced plans to collaborate with the American Cancer Society in the fight against colon cancer. By declaring their companies 'Colon Cancer Free Zones', these industry leaders are now leading the way in supporting employee wellness in the prevention of this disease.
Becoming a 'Colon Cancer Free Zone' means that a company recognizes the seriousness of this disease and vows to encourage all employees to become aware of the risks for colon cancer, talk to their health care providers about early detection and when appropriate, make an informed decision regarding the necessary screening tests that are so effective in both prevention and early detection for the disease.
"Silicon Valley has been at the forefront of technology innovation for decades. Many companies here have also led the way in offering inventive wellness programs for their employees," said Wim Roelandts, President and Chief Executive Officer of Xilinx. "We at Xilinx are pleased to declare our company a 'Colon Cancer Free Zone' as an important step in our own wellness initiatives.
Linear Technology, like many large Silicon Valley companies, self-insures for employee medical costs. "Promoting screening is not only a smart business move but more importantly screening for pre-cancerous polyps will save lives," said Robert Swanson, Executive Chairman and Founder of Linear Technology. "Colon cancer is the only cancer that can be prevented through screening, which is an important message we need to ensure our employees understand."
"Over fifty thousand Americans die from colon cancer every year," said Patrick Brockett, President and Chief Executive Officer of Summit Microelectronics. "Testing people fifty and over, as well as younger high-risk groups, can significantly reduce the number of colon cancer deaths, which is why Summit Microelectronics supports this American Cancer Society campaign to encourage all Silicon Valley businesses to enable their employees to get screened."
Colorectal cancer kills 56,000 Americans a year, making it second only to lung cancer. The first 'Colon Cancer Free Zone' was introduced in 2003, by the city of Monte Sereno, California to increase public awareness of colon cancer and to help reduce the incidence of this disease in their community.
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service. With local offices in 106 locations, the California Division of the American Cancer Society reached 2.3 million Californians with cancer prevention and early detection messages last year. More than $8 million was granted to cancer researchers in California in fiscal year 2003-2004. For more information contact the American Cancer Society at 1.800.ACS.2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
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