Helping Cancer Patients Feel Better

It is no secret that cancer can rob a woman of her energy, appetite and strength, but it doesn’t have to take away her self–confidence. A free program sponsored by the American Cancer Society, National Cosmetology Association, and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance–related side effects of cancer treatment.

Trained cosmetologists teach cancer patients how to cope with skin changes and hair loss by using cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry. The free cosmetic kits are valued at $350 each and are available in light, medium, dark, and extra–dark shades. Women learn how to disguise hair loss with wigs, scarves, and other accessories, how to create the impression of having eyebrows or eyelashes, and how to take care of skin damaged by cancer treatments.

The American Cancer Society is offering “Look Good…Feel Better” classes on Dec. 12, at Munising Memorial Hospital, Dec. 14, at Marquette General Health System, and Dec. 15, at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.

“Women who participate in the class receive tremendous physical and emotional support,” notes Amelia Pelletier, Health Initiatives coordinator for the American Cancer Society. “This is a great way for cancer patients to take a break from treatment and build new friendships. The goal is to reach out and serve women at a very difficult time and help them with something that’s very practical to regain some control and normalcy in their lives and help them to realize that they are not alone in their fight against cancer.”

Pre–registration is required for this free program. For more information or to register, contact your American Cancer Society at (800) 227–2345

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