Cancer and Careers helps nearly 300,000 people each year — online, in print and in person — by providing valuable information and resources via expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.

There is an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the US. With the number of survivors continuously growing, there is an increasing need for resources and support to help them get back to everyday life and work after diagnosis and treatment.

Who is Cancer and Careers?

In 2001, The Cosmetic Executive Women Board of Directors came upon a startling realization: Five out of some 40 board members had been diagnosed with cancer. Some of them told their colleagues at work. Others did not. But all continued to work during or following treatment and experienced similar dilemmas.

Cancer and Careers is a program of the CEW Foundation, the charitable arm of Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc., a New York–based non-profit trade organization of 5,000+ executives in the beauty, cosmetics, fragrance and related industries. CEW Inc. and Foundation currently work together on providing charitable services and fundraising events.

Why Cancer and Careers?

If you are working through treatment or looking for work, here are some excellent reasons why Cancer and Careers should be your “go to” resource:

1. Expert career coaching

2. Work/life balance

3. Interviewing

4. Webinars and workshops

5. Free publications

6. Database – support services, legal protections, insurance questions and managing finances

7. Nutritional advice


As the number of cancer survivors continues to increase, the need for support around survivorship issues, such as working during and after treatment, is becoming more and more important. Here are some statistics that demonstrate just a few of the ways that cancer and work intersect today:

  • 44% of people newly diagnosed in 2014 were of working age
  • 890 cancer discrimination claims were received by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2016.
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Your Action Plan – Be The Boss Over Cancer

Take the first steps in starting to build an action plan to take control. Here are some resources that will be beneficial:

Creating an Action Plan

Resource Database

Charts and Checklists

Professional Development Micro-Grants

Free Publications

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