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The CanDo Friday News Review for November 2

November 2nd, 2018

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Pancreatic Cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to treat and to survive. The symptoms are broad and can be attributed to a lot of conditions, meaning many people are not diagnosed until the later stages of disease.  Huge strides are happening in research, but for the meanwhile, early detection, as much as is possible, remains the key to survival.  Here’s a handy infographic of symptoms to watch out for.


We’ll talk more about Pancreatic Cancer throughout the month of November and next week will talk about what you can do to help raise awareness and to encourage more research into this devastating disease.

Indigenous women have lots to live for

In Australia, sadly, Aboriginal women are often victims of social and economic disadvantage. Aboriginal women are also significantly more likely to die from breast cancer than white women because sadly, diagnosis comes at later stages of the disease.

Cancer Australia is asking Indigenous women to encourage each other to put themselves first, become more comfortable with discussing changes in the breast with their doctor, and begin treatment early if needed.

This video, Lots to Live For, aims to reduce the stigma of speaking up about breast cancer.

For women in rural and remote communities who may need assistance with access to care, please contact the Cancer Council or Breast Cancer Network Australia for advice regarding financial assistance and other resources available to women in need.  And share the video, talk to your friends and see your doctor promptly with any concerns!

Have you thought about doing a Look Good, Feel Better workshop?

When going through treatment for cancer the side effects can be confronting, and especially when your outward appearance affects your confidence. It’s not just about make-up.  That’s the excuse.  What it’s really about is a group of women and girls (and a few men) with similar experiences, coming together to give each other encouragement and community.

I’m a brows person (I’ve spent a fortune on brow pencils, henna, tattooing…), and losing my brows through chemo was a low point for me!  So I loved this video from Look Good, Feel Better helping women understand how to create a natural looking brow.

Having an eyebrow that makes you feel good isn’t going to change the world, but if you have a lovely day using new products donated by the world’s best cosmetic brands, and make some new friends along the way, that feels like a worthwhile use of your treatment down time.

If you’d like to book your place in a workshop, check out availabilities here.

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

Iconic Australian fashion retailer Cue are now selling these very cute organic cotton T-shirts with $10 from each one sold, donated to support breast cancer research at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

Supporting research is always in style!  Get your limited edition  “sweetheart” tee here.

And thanks for reading this week’s News Review!


The CanDo app is supported by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

When the question is “What can I do?”, CanDo helps turn empathy into action.

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About the Author:

Rachael Lonergan is the founder of CanDo. She is an advertising executive, pet mum and enthusiastic but not-very-good yoga devotee who lives in Sydney, Australia.