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Cancer Patients Look Good…Feel Better Through Local Program

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CALAIS –Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council, and the National Cosmetology Association, Look Good…Feel Better is a unique program which offers free, one-time beauty consultations with a licensed cosmetologist or aesthetician to women who are currently undergoing cancer treatment. The American Cancer Society is partnering with Calais Regional Hospital to offer this program to area cancer patients. A Look Good…Feel Better group session is scheduled 1:00- 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 in the hospital’s Classroom. The beauty professionals provide tips and practical techniques for coping with hair loss and changes in the skin that often result from chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Each participant will receive a complimentary cosmetic kit donated by the cosmetic industry. Volunteer cosmetologist, Crystal Anastos, will show participants how to use the cosmetics and also ways to use wigs, scarves, and other accessories to conceal hair loss. Patients who have participated in Look Good…Feel Better call the program an emotional lifesaver because it returns them to a sense of normalcy and allows them to smile once again at the person in the mirror.

The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 740,000 U.S. women will develop some form of cancer this year. The good news is that, thanks to advances in medicine, the five-year relative survival rate of all cancers is 68 percent. New cancer treatments are saving more lives, but they are not without side effects. Some women experience total or partial hair loss, changes in the skin tone and texture, and weakened fingernails—and Look Good…Feel Better helps patients deal with these side effects.

To register for the Look Good…Feel Better program, contact Jennifer Kish at the American Cancer Society by calling 207-373-3713 or by e-mail to Jennifer.Kish@cancer.org. For more information about the program, contact the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345.

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. 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 anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Jennifer Kish

Telephone Number: (207)373-3713

Website: http://www.cancer.org

Email: Jennifer.Kish@cancer.org