Podcast: Workplace Wellness and Breast Cancer

Dr. Marc Hurlbert, BCRF Chief Mission Officer

Wellness Works Conversations: Where leading thinkers, practitioners and experts discuss the ideas that drive workplace wellness, health management, and healthy living. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we spoke with Dr. Marc Hurlbert, Breast Cancer Research Foundation. To hear more from BCRF, you can subscribe to BCRF Conversations on iTunes or Google Play.

Usually when we consider workplace wellness programs, we think of the activities – biometric screenings, proper eating, staying active – that through plan design and an organized approach can help employees either stay or get healthy – reducing their disease risk and increasing their productivity and quality of life.

But what about in helping address the most common cancer in women worldwide and second leading cause of cancer death in American women, exceeded only by lung cancer? What about breast cancer?

·      What role can wellness programs play in either breast cancer prevention or with the recovery stage?
·      How active should workplaces be?
·      And what obstacles might prevent such action?

Dr. Marc Hurlbert is Chief Mission Officer of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, overseeing the foundation’s global research grants program and a nearly $50 million annual research-granting budget. Marc previously helped launch the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance, and has served as the Chairman of the Board of the International Cancer Research Partnership, the Health Research Alliance and is also the former chairman of the Cancer Committee Advisory Board for the New York Presbyterian Hospital.