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American Cancer Society helps patients cope with hair loss

SmartMamaPA.com received this news release from the American Cancer Society today:

Cancer is a life-changing diagnosis and the hair loss associated with some cancer treatments can be devastating. According to a recent study, nearly 60 percent of women consider hair loss the most dreaded side effect they face when undergoing chemotherapy.

At American Cancer Society wig banks, any woman who is experiencing hair loss as a result of treatment can receive a free, brand-new wig.

In some areas, stylists are also available to cut and style the wigs at no cost to the patient, or women can attend a Look Good…Feel Better® session where a licensed cosmetologist will show them tips and tricks for hair and makeup during treatment.

There are also several options for those looking to donate hair.

One option is the Pantene Beautiful Lengths® program. Donated hair must meet several requirements including: hair should be at least 8 inches long (measured from just above the ponytail); hair should not be permanently colored or chemically treated; and hair must be less than 5 percent gray. Donations are collected and made into free, real-hair wigs by campaign partner, HairUWear® and are distributed through the national network of American Cancer Society wig banks.

For more information on American Cancer Society wig banks, the Look Good…Feel Better program, or to schedule a fitting call the Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year.

To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.