In Australia this year, it is estimated that around 50000 people will die from some form of cancer, making it one of the leading causes of death in our country. In 2019, it is estimated that over 78000 males and over 66000 females will be diagnosed with cancer.
This June, cancer is firmly in the limelight, but in a good way, with three awareness and fundraising campaigns kicking off.
Cancer Research Awareness Month, Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, and one of the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s major fundraisers Go Pink!
Cancer Research Awareness Month aims to raise funds for young cancer researchers. Australia boasts a wealth of emerging cancer research scientists, and without them, cancer and many other diseases will never be cured.
Bowel cancer kills more than 100 Australians each week, but luckily, if detected early, is one of the most easily treatable forms of the disease. Like most forms of cancer, it does not discriminate, affecting men, women, and children.
From 3-9 June, brush off your best fairy floss colored finery, and dress in pink to honor and support thousands of families throughout Australia who has been affected by breast cancer. The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s aim is to have zero breast cancer deaths by 2030, and your donation and fundraiser participation will go a long way achieving this.
GTL will be looking pretty in pink this month, in support of these three amazing initiatives and would like to promote their cancer-related DNA tests, for that added boost in fighting this devastating disease.
We all know that cancer is the most common genetic disease in humans, and some people have an increased risk of certain cancers resulting from a strong family history of the disease.
Now you can gain an understanding of their own genetic risk of hereditary cancers, with the Cancer Panel Predisposition Test. Analyzing more than 130 different genes that are closely associated with a number of hereditary cancers, this panel test also screens for the most common cancer-causing mutations.
Targeting a potential risk early provides peace of mind, and increases the chance of successful treatment. This screening test requires a simple medical blood draw, but does require genetic counseling from a certified professional, and must be handled by your general practitioner.
The Ordering Process – Simple
Undertaking your test is as easy as;
- Order – Choose your test and order it online.
- Pay – Pay for your test and any extras you require.
- Sample Collection – When GTL receives your order, we will send you the referral forms via email. Your doctor or counselor will complete these and return to us for approval.
Once approved, a sample collection kit will be sent out, as well as a list of our Pathology Collection Centres. GTL will organize your appointment, as well as book the courier to collect your samples for return to us.
- Results – Receive your results in a quick timeframe. Results will be sent directly to your doctor, who will discuss them with you. (within 10-14 working days of receiving samples)
Now that your June plans are sorted, it’s time to gather your friends and family, dig out your best pink threads, and either host or attend a fundraiser, donate to cancer research, or organise your Cancer Panel Predisposition Test from GTL. Together we can all make a difference, and help to beat all types of cancer.
These are three great ways that we can all contribute