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Members petition to Keep your Hair, Save your Dignity

Published 8th Apr 2013 by Ellie MacDonald

A national petition has been launched to help give cancer patients the option of keeping their hair while undergoing chemotherapy.

The petition is part of the ‘Cool Head, Warm Heart’ campaign launched by Chamber members Paxman, the leading global manufacturer and supplier of scalp cooling equipment.

Hair loss is a well-documented side effect of many chemotherapy regimens.  It`s often devastating and the fear of hair loss has even been known to cause patients to refuse treatment.  The revolutionary Paxman hair loss prevention system is responsible for helping thousands of people worldwide keep their hair and their dignity.
Backed by leading Oncologists from around the World, the system has treated thousands of patients in many hospitals and specialist cancer treatment centres in the UK and throughout the world.

Keeping your hair can make all the difference when you’re fighting cancer.  Not only can it help preserve your dignity, but it can also give you the strength and courage to deal with your illness.  The scalp cooling machines work by lowering the temperature of the scalp by a few degrees immediately before, after and during the administration of chemotherapy. This can prevent or minimise the damage caused to hair follicles, meaning that hair loss is not inevitable.

The campaign aims to raise the profile of scalp cooling and make everyone in the UK aware that it is available free of charge in some NHS and private hospitals throughout the country, if requested by patients, nurses or doctors - shockingly, while 95%* of people in the UK are aware that chemotherapy treatment can cause hair loss, a staggering 82% of people do not know what cold caps are and that it is available as a treatment.

Paxman believes that all cancer patients should be given the opportunity to choose the treatment that is right for them.

Claire Paxman, Sales and Training Manager at Paxman, commented: “I deal every day with people who are terrified of losing their hair when they have been diagnosed with cancer.  To some people it may seem so insignificant but to most cancer patients it’s quite the opposite.  It’s the first outwardly visible sign of the illness and is like a beacon telling everyone you have cancer when most want to keep this to themselves.  Everyone deserves to be offered scalp cooling and have the opportunity to save their hair and their dignity.  I was 14 years old when I cut off my Mum’s beautiful blonde curly hair because it was falling out with her chemo.  Something I will never forget.  Things like this do not have to happen for others!”

For more information, or to sign the petition visit: www.coolheadwarmheart.co.uk
www.paxman-coolers.com
 
The aim is to gather together 100,000 signatures in just 1 YEAR for this to be raised in The House of Commons.
For more information visit Cool Head Warm Heart Or SIGN the petition today!


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