The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists (www.CanadianHair.ca), the leading provider of hair restoration near Oakville, is weighing in on a recent study that revealed that the number of cancer patients is expected to increase by 40% by 2030. The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists is also commenting on the hair loss these people will suffer as a side effect.
According to a study by the Canadian Cancer Society, cases of cancer are expected to grow by 40%, or 277,000 people a year, by 2030 due to an aging and growing population. For 2015, 196,600 diagnoses are expected, with lung, breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer accounting for about half. (Source: “Cancer cases projected to rise 40% in 15 years as population ages, grows,” CBC web site, May 27, 2015; https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/cancer-cases-projected-to-rise-40-in-15-years-as-population-ages-grows-1.3088717.)
“This rise in the number of people with cancer will in turn mean an increase in the number of patients seeking cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, which has the unfortunate side effects of hair loss,” says Ken Robson, founder of the Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists. “This is a side effect that many patients feel changes their overall appearance and perhaps even how others interact with them. As a result, patients may proactively look for a way to conceal this hair loss.”
For these patients, hair systems that combine real and synthetic hair and are virtually indistinguishable from real hair are an ideal option.
“Hair systems are custom-made, so they can provide a look that precisely matches the client’s current hair prior to their chemo treatments,” he adds. “However, custom-made hair systems also take about eight weeks to complete, so it’s recommended that clients looking into this alternative during chemo treatment start the process once diagnosed.”
Generally speaking, there is about a six-week wait between diagnosis and the first round of chemo treatment. It takes anywhere from two to four weeks following the first treatment for hair loss to occur. (Source: “Tests and Procedures: Chemotherapy,” The Mayo Clinic web site; https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/chemotherapy/basics/definition/prc-20023578, last accessed June 15, 2015.)
“It’s always unfortunate for someone to develop cancer and the number of people who will is only going to grow,” Robson concludes. “However, patients can take some solace in knowing that hair loss as a result of treatment can be concealed in a way that allows them to still look like themselves during a very difficult time. Starting the process of being fitted for a custom hair system immediately following diagnosis helps ensure the client receives their system prior to substantial hair loss.”
For more information about the options available from The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists, visit www.CanadianHair.ca.