Cancer Council Queensland is reaching out to Gold Coast women who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment, offering free wigs and turbans.
Hair loss can be an extremely confronting and distressing time for those affected, but thanks to community support, local women affected are not alone.
Women diagnosed with cancer can borrow a wig, turban, or head scarf, for the duration of their treatment through Cancer Council Queensland’s innovative ESA Wig and Turban Service.
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Wigs are funded by ESA International and community donations, and volunteers generously sew colourful turbans for those affected.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said raising awareness of the service was vital to ensuring that local women knew that 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 on the Gold Coast we’ve loaned 39 wigs and 97 turbans to women experiencing hair loss as a result of treatment.
“This service brings hope and confidence to those affected and aids in reducing the economic burden of cancer on an individual and their family.
“Our ESA Wig and Turban Service offers a warm and friendly environment where individuals can come for an appointment with a trained staff or volunteer to have a wig fitted.
“We have a wide range of wigs in various colours and lengths to suit any complexion, or if clients would prefer a turban, we offer these in a variety of styles, colours and patterns.”
One person is diagnosed with cancer every 20 minutes in Queensland – on the Gold Coast alone, more than 1580 women are diagnosed with cancer each year.
Gold Coast local Lorraine Bailey is one of the dedicated volunteers who gives her time to Cancer Council’s ESA Wig and Turban Service to help women find their confidence again.
“I’ve worked in the cosmetic industry for 20 years and wanted to do something to give back to people in need and help boost their confidence,” Mrs Bailey said.
“It’s so wonderful to see people come in for a wig fitting and leave with a big smile on their faces, despite the pain they’re going through.
“It’s very rewarding for me – and I hope it is for our clients too.”
For more information or to book an appointment with the ESA Wig and Turban Service, please call Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 or visit cancerqld.org.au.