Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting women after skin cancer and can also affect men, too. For many who will receive chemotherapy as part of their treatment, scalp cooling therapy can help them retain their hair. Keeping hair is not about vanity – it's about the preservation of self and identity. By helping people interact with the world on their terms, instead of feeling like they "look sick" they are able to maintain confidence.
1 in 8 women and 1 in 883 men will have breast cancer in their lifetime. Chemotherapy is often used for aggressive forms of early stage breast cancers, as well as most advanced stage disease.
Using scalp cooling therapy to retain hair can help offset common feelings in people receiving chemotherapy. For many, hair loss is tied to:
Loss of privacy: Hair loss emphasizes illness
Social isolation: Uncomfortable in social settings
Loss of self-esteem: Individuals feel they don't look like themselves
47% of people say hair loss would be the most traumatic part of breast cancer.
8% of people would reject chemotherapy to avoid hair loss.
50-60% of people retained half or more of their hair with scalp cooling therapy
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