• I am in remission since Dec. 3, 2012, and I am looking for a job now. When I "googled" my name to see what a potential employer may see,

    Asked by snuzsuz on Thursday, January 24, 2013

    I am in remission since Dec. 3, 2012, and I am looking for a job now. When I "googled" my name to see what a potential employer may see,

    it came up, stage III lung cancer, and my question. Is there anyway to remove this personal health information from the web?

    21 Answers from the Community

    21 answers
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      What site was it on? This one?

      about 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      It is most likely information that your provided on a site you joined, maybe this one? Since you entered the info, you should be able to delete it. Just a tip.....don't use your real name as a user name when your don't want information from that site to be associated with your real identity.

      about 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I've never googled my name...not sure I want to!!! BUt....to your question....you had stage 3 lung cancer....since you are now in remission, you are no longer "stage 3 lung cancer".....

      about 4 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar
      Clyde

      I have googled my name (work in PR, always important to see what is out there) but haven't in a while so this got me running to check it out. Nothing about cancer. Just the way I want it.

      I don't use my real name, actual zipcode or a photo here for exactly this reason. No matter what the ethics may be of hiring someone who is in recovery from a disease (or pregnant, or handicapped or etc., etc...), it doesn't always translate to reality. There are just too many people out there looking for jobs. Its why my center has been told (threatened) that they can't release my personal information to anyone (You can do this and they cannot tell anyone you have not authorized but you have to be insistent. Especially to the nurses.) and no one will know about my diagnosis until I absolutely have to tell them....if I have to tell them. You can never take back the words: "I have cancer." once they are spoken. And now, with the web, its very difficult to cancel information once its out there.

      about 4 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar
      Harry

      Yes, it is the home page on WhatNext that Google has indexed. The search that brings it up is the username without a space. Add a space and this site moves down the list. The problem is that the username is the same as the first and last name. I suggest you talk to Greg about this. Changing a username may not be simple. Opening a new registration with a new username might be easier. But, google has the page already indexed and, I'll bet, archived.

      about 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      @Harry, the username can be changed, it has to go through our tech support and takes about a week. Requests are sent to me.

      about 4 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar
      Harry (Best Answer!)

      @GregP_WN

      Good. I believe there may be code that can be added to the html of a page to prevent Google from indexing. It might not be a good idea generally for Google to index the home pages here because they do contain a lot of personal information. I'll look into it.

      about 4 years ago
    • WonderKitty's Avatar
      WonderKitty

      Just wanted to chime in here, I just Googled my name and no personal information came up. It had links to my Google+ and Facebook accounts, but didn't have anything I put on this site. It must be another place you have mentioned your diagnosis. Hope this helps!

      about 4 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar
      Harry

      @WonderKitty

      If you did a google search on your username here, you'd find your WhatNext page three from the top on the second page of results. :-) Not a problem unless you are filling out job applications with "Wonder Kitty." The issue here is that the person who started this thread used her real name, first and last names, as her username.

      about 4 years ago
    • LuvinSis' Avatar
      LuvinSis

      The key is not to use your full name as a "user name" on any Internet site, like this onei, as it becomes searchable. So maybe come up with a name you'll likely use repeatedly if you want to simplify site use. I commonly use SpineAZ so none of it is my actual name.

      about 4 years ago
    • CancerwithJoy's Avatar
      CancerwithJoy

      Hey Guys! Wanted to help with this & I know of this resource . . . not sure if you all have seen, but it has some Great info. I hope it helps you!! http://www.cancerandcareers.org/en/looking-for-work/online-image

      about 4 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar
      IKickedIt

      I had the same concern since I recently applied for a job and because I am active in the Colon Cancer Alliance and have had articles published about my journey, my name is out there and associated with cancer. I am not ashamed of it nor do I wish to hide it completely, however, I am cancer-free and feel that it should be a non-issue in the job hunt. I was concerned since the company informed me that they outsource to a profession agency to do background checks, verify the information I provided on my resume/application, etc.

      As it turns out, I got the job after my employer told me that everything checked out. I don't think it's legal to base an employment decision based on medical history, but they probably could take it into consideration (due to cost of healthcare, benefits, etc.) and hope they aren't challenged. I still wonder if my new employer knows. Sometimes, I think my two bosses make comments that I think may be trying to get something out of me, but I might just be a bit neurotic. I keep my scars covered. Although I am a huge advocate of screening and active with my local ACS, I don't feel this is quite the right time to share my story. It is a huge career-changing opportunity for me and I don't want them to think that there's anything that could prevent me from being successful.

      Always check yourself and your children's identity online. I Googled your name followed by the word cancer and found the information you referred to. Also, according to your blog, you are back to work...congrats!

      about 4 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar
      Harry

      @IKickedIt I was thinking that it is probably illegal (Americans With Disabilities Act) to discriminate, but probably impossible to prove that discrimination occurred.

      about 4 years ago
    • snuzsuz's Avatar
      snuzsuz

      Thank you all for your responses and all the information you have provided! I did get my old job back and the knew everything all ready since I was working there when I was diagnosed. I have been thinking about a career change, is the reason I am concerned.
      Yes, it is this site that shows up:)
      I will follow everyone's advice and use the link provided, thank you all once again!

      about 4 years ago
    • snuzsuz's Avatar
      snuzsuz

      I loved the link, CancerwithJoy! Thank you, it is very helpful!

      about 4 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar
      Clyde

      Harry is correct that it is illegal, but when you have multiple job seekers looking for the same job, the best candidate will be hired...........but its the people doing the hiring who will decide who they consider best and why. Unless someone in a hiring position says: "We didn't hire you because you have cancer." and you can prove they said that, you have very little recourse. Hearsay is nearly useless unless they said it to a room full of people and that won't happen,

      There are a lot of questions that can't be asked in a job interview. We owe it to ourselves to know what can and can't be asked and be prepared. Most people don't get hired for a job because of information they volunteer in an interview, not the direct answers they give.

      about 4 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar
      alivenwell

      If this wasn't so costly, it would probably not matter to them. Imagine saying I occasionally have a cold verses I have cancer. There's some apprehension to the cancer...how much time is needed off, will this be a disability requiring excessive time off, how much does the health care cost, etc. A cold just requires a few days off for recovery or a cheap bottle of cold medicine. However, on the other hand, an interviewer may have had some compassion for cancer. The compassion is all that we all need to move forward and remove stigma.

      about 4 years ago
    • MRoadrunner's Avatar
      MRoadrunner

      It would be to your advantage to pursue this; it is a serious HIPPA violation! There is no way this information should be public and there is legal liability involved.

      about 4 years ago
    • snuzsuz's Avatar
      snuzsuz

      Thank you again for all your great responses.

      about 4 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar
      Clyde

      There is no HIPPA violation. Susan posted the information about herself on a public forum voluntarily. There is nothing to pursue other than getting it taken down if that is possible and certainly nothing that would involve the legal system.

      about 4 years ago
    • snuzsuz's Avatar
      snuzsuz

      I agree, it is my own fault, but I would still like to have it removed and I will not use my real name again now that I know!

      about 4 years ago

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