When you do something nice for someone else, you get a feeling that cannot be described in words. Some people liken it to receiving a warm hug, others feel euphoric and on top of the world. Put simply, doing good things makes you feel good, but did you know that your simple act of generosity could help to save a life?
Almost everyone has a personal connection with cancer. This devastating disease ravages bodies and changes lives, and in Australia alone, there are 150,000 new cancer diagnoses every year. Research into finding a cure for cancer has advanced in leaps and bounds, but still, we lose upwards of 50,000 Australians to cancer each year. The government is the biggest financial contributor to cancer research; however, funding is still desperately required. Thanks to investment in research, amazing advancements have been made in cancer prevention, screening, and treatment. This has helped to increase survival rates from 51% in the late 1980s to around 70% today.
August 25 marks one of the most important cancer fundraising days in Australia, Daffodil Day. Since the first Daffodil Day in 1986, millions of dollars have been raised to enable improved research, prevention education, and implement support services for people with cancer. Thanks to donations, cervical cancer will be eliminated in Australia by 2035, advances in immunotherapy will see breast cancer deaths will be reduced dramatically, and many cancer treatments can be personalised to an individual case.
There are several ways to support the Daffodil Day appeal. You can:
- Donate to cancer research
- Become a fundraiser (individual, school, or workplace)
- Get involved! Buy a beautiful bunch of vibrant yellow daffodils to show your support.
We know that cancer is a killer, and that it doesn’t discriminate from one person to the next, but did you know that you might be more likely to develop cancer because of your genetic makeup? An inherited risk for cancer is caused by a small mutation in a gene that can be passed form one generation to the next in families. Some cancers that can be hereditary include, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and pancreatic cancer. GTL Australia can assist you with any questions you may have about your risk of developing an inherited cancer, with the Cancer Panel Genetic Predisposition Test. This cancer panel test looks for a total of 92 mutations associated with hereditary cancers, and screens for the most common cancer-causing mutations.
Genetic testing is the only way to confirm whether you carry certain hereditary gene mutations that may be responsible for certain cancers. This screening test can be used to identify gene mutations responsible for hereditary cancers within the family, and to determine which family members may be at a higher risk. This test can serve as a powerful tool, that can arm your specialist with the information needed to help you prepare for the future and potentially help you to make any necessary changes to reduce your risks of developing certain cancers.
In support of Daffodil Day, GTL Australia is offering a special for the entire month of August. Purchase one Cancer Panel test and get 50% off the second test. Valid until the end of August, this is a must for anyone wanting to reveal their predisposition to a variety of cancers.
August is the perfect time to explore your susceptibility to a range of cancers, and on a wider level, to contribute to the continuation of vital cancer research. It’s time to give back, and to experience that ‘on top of the world’ feeling that only comes from giving selflessly.