Cancer Council provides wigs and turbans to region
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.