In Australia today, there are more than 1.1 million people either living with cancer or who’ve survived a diagnosis.
What is Cancer?
Cancer is a diverse group of several hundred diseases in which some of the body’s cells become abnormal and begin to multiply out of control. The abnormal cells can invade and damage the tissue around them, and spread to other parts of the body, causing further damage and eventually death.
How is Cancer Diagnosed?
There is no single test that can accurately diagnose cancer. The complete evaluation of a patient usually requires a thorough history and physical examination along with diagnostic testing through medical imaging.
How does Medical Imaging help in cancer diagnosis and treatment?
Over the years, medical imaging has become a vital part in the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Medical Imaging is often the first step in preventing the spread of cancer through early detection and in many cases, makes it possible to cure or eliminate the cancer altogether.
Computed Tomography (CT) Imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Mammography, Nuclear Medicine (NM) Imaging, Ultrasound (US) and X-ray imaging are all very important tools in the fight against cancer.
After cancer has been diagnosed, imaging is often used to follow the course of cancer treatment and to monitor the growth or remission (disappearance of the signs of cancer).
Imaging is used to:
- Detect cancer
- Determine whether the cancer has spread
- Assess the effectiveness of a cancer treatment plan
- Identify re-staging of existing cancer
Imaging may also be used when performing biopsies and other surgical procedures.
What is Daffodil Day?
Daffodil Day is one of Australia’s best known and most popular fundraising events.
Every year, supporters and volunteers come together in the community to sell daffodils and merchandise to fundraise for the Cancer Council.
You can show your support by wearing a daffodil pin this Daffodil Day, or by joining the fundraising efforts.
To donate go to www.daffodilday.com.au