Cancer Coun­cil pro­vides wigs and tur­bans to re­gion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

CANCER Coun­cil Queens­land is reach­ing out to Wide Bay Bur­nett women who have lost their hair as a re­sult of cancer treat­ment, of­fer­ing free wigs and tur­bans in a time of need.

Thanks to on­go­ing com­mu­nity sup­port, women di­ag­nosed with cancer can bor­row a wig, tur­ban, or both, for the du­ra­tion of their treat­ment through the Cancer Coun­cil’s ESA Wig and Tur­ban Ser­vice.

Wigs are funded by ESA In­ter­na­tional and com­mu­nity do­na­tions, with vol­un­teers help­ing to sew colourful tur­bans.

Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Chris McMil­lan said rais­ing aware­ness of the ser­vice was vi­tal to en­sur­ing that lo­cal women knew there was sup­port avail­able.

“Hair loss can be one of the most dis­tress­ing side ef­fects of cancer treat­ment, which is why we’re reach­ing out to help.” Ms McMil­lan said.

“This year from our Bund­aberg of­fice, we’ve loaned 32 wigs and 57 tur­bans to women ex­pe­ri­enc­ing hair loss as a re­sult of treat­ment.”

The ESA Wig and Tur­ban Ser­vice of­fers a wide range of wigs in var­i­ous colours and lengths to suit, along­side a va­ri­ety of styles and colours of tur­bans.

One per­son is di­ag­nosed with cancer ev­ery 20 min­utes in Queens­land and in Wide Bay Bur­nett alone, more than 660 women are di­ag­nosed with cancer each year.

“The in­cred­i­ble thing about this ser­vice is that it is mainly run by vol­un­teers,” Ms McMil­lan said.

“Hav­ing ad­e­quate sup­port and care through­out a cancer jour­ney is vi­tal and en­ables pa­tients to bet­ter cope with treat­ment and lifestyle changes that oc­cur.”

New vol­un­teers are al­ways wel­come to sup­port this vi­tal ser­vice through do­na­tions of hair or help­ing to sew new and colourful tur­bans.

“We’re proud to of­fer this sup­port ser­vice to Queenslanders af­fected by cancer and help re­duce the bur­den of cancer in our state,” Ms McMil­lan said.

This year in Queens­land, the ser­vice has loaned out more than 293 wigs and 735 tur­bans to women in need.

Cancer Coun­cil of­fices in Bund­aberg are equipped with a Wig and Tur­ban Ser­vice. For in­for­ma­tion or to book an ap­point­ment, phone Cancer Coun­cil on 13 11 20 or visit the web­site at can­cerqld.org.au.

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