Cancer Council holds its biggest fundraising event on Friday, 26 August. On this day, we have the opportunity to show our support for those in our community who have been affected by cancer.

This disease continues to afflict millions of Australians with an estimated 130,000 people expected to be diagnosed this year alone. At Leeming Dental Centre, we are especially vigilant for early signs and symptoms of oral cancer at every patient check-up that we perform. Early detection in oral cancer patients increases survival rate to 80 – 90 percent – not a perfect rate but still a far better outcome.

Cancer Council urgently needs funds for ground-breaking cancer research, prevention programs and patient support services for people affected by the disease. The Australia-wide fundraising goal for Daffodil Day 2016 is $9 million.

In 2016, it is the 30th anniversary of Daffodil Day as well, and it is still more important than ever to continue the fight against cancer in Australia. Since the first Daffodil Day event in 1986, nearly 3 million people have been diagnosed with cancer. 1 in 2 Australians will experience some form of cancer in their lifetimes.

Unfortunately most of us have been touched in one way or another by the impact of cancer on a loved one. So for this year’s Daffodil Day, the organisers are encouraging each one of us to dedicate a daffodil to someone we know – as a gesture of support and understanding, and a moment of reflection.

Cancer Council CEO, Professor Sanchia Aranda explained, “We wanted to provide a new and more personal way for Australians to show their support and also in particular recognise the Australians who give the event its meaning.”

Look out for the daffodils, pins and bright yellow pop-up stands in your area that are staffed by dedicated volunteers and show you care with a donation.

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy Daffodil Day for 2016,

The Leeming Dental Centre team.