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Paid sick days promote early detection of cancer

CDC finds workers with paid sick days are more likely to get tests that detect cancer early.

Using data from 2008 when 38% of the U.S. working population did not have access to a single paid sick day (43 million workers), researchers examined whether access to paid sick days was associated with a higher likelihood of cancer screenings. After controlling for work, personal and health characteristics (including access to and type of health insurance), researchers found mammograms, pap tests and endoscopys occurred at a higher rate among workers with paid sick days. From the report:

The percentage  of workers who underwent mammography, Pap test, endoscopy at recommended intervals, had seen a doctor during the prior 12 months or had at least one visit to a health care provider during the prior 12 months was significantly higher among those with paid sick leave as compared with those without sick leave.

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