How to identify a patient with cancer
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The search engine giant has started working with community health doctors to help identify those with cancer, in the hopes that it will boost efforts to treat the disease.
In a blog post, the search engine said it was working with the Australian Cancer Council (ACCC) to provide community health professionals with a more accurate picture of how many people are living with the disease, which affects about 5 per cent of the population.
“The results will allow us to make better decisions about the best care options for those patients,” it said.
The new information is expected to be released by the end of the year, and is expected be useful to both healthcare organisations and hospitals.
The site includes a range of links to information about the disease and how to help patients and their families.
“We’ve seen the community become much more aware of cancer in the last five years, with over 60,000 people diagnosed in the first six months of 2018,” ACCC chief executive officer Chris Lewis said.
For some, the information will help them make better choices about what to do with their loved ones.
“This is a big deal, it’s an incredibly valuable resource that we’ve worked on,” ACCL President and CEO Sue Black told ABC News Breakfast.
“If we can help people understand how they can get the best outcome for their loved one, that’s a big part of the reason why we’re here.”
“We know that we can’t do everything, but it’s our responsibility to be as compassionate and responsive as possible and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
The ACCC has teamed up with several other organisations including the National Health Service, Australian Medical Association, and the National Association of Primary Care GPs, to help community health practitioners with the task.
In an effort to increase awareness of the disease among the public, the ACCC is also working with a group of local hospitals and clinics to train health workers on how to identify cancer patients and to assist those with the illness in their care.
ACCC president and CEO Chris Lewis told ABC Breakfast that the information would be helpful to both patients and healthcare organisations.
“It’s about making sure we can give the best advice to people,” he said.
“There’s a lot of information out there and the more information out, the more people we can have access to.”
People with cancer will not get to see the best outcomes, and we know that.
“The best thing we can do is provide that information.”
The search engine giant has started working with community health doctors to help identify those with cancer, in the hopes…