A hair loss advisory service run by leading support charity Breast Cancer Care in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and Glasgow Libraries will launch on Thursday 26 June in Glasgow to help patients cope with the impact of hair loss after cancer treatment.

Every year around 4500 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in Scotland. For many losing their hair can be one of the most distressing parts of cancer treatment as it can have a devastating effect on their confidence and body image. The free HeadStrong service offers practical and emotional support for people facing hair loss as a result of cancer treatment.

Linsey Rodgers Services Coordinator at Breast Cancer Care said:

“Losing your hair as a result of cancer treatment can be a traumatic experience but one which we believe people shouldn’t have to face on their own.

“It’s wonderful to launch a HeadStrong service here in Glasgow in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and Glasgow Libraries and offer free local support to people that can boost their confidence and self-esteem after cancer treatment.

“I would urge anyone facing hair loss as a result of cancer treatment to get in touch and find out more about how HeadStrong can help them.”

At a one-to-one HeadStrong appointment clients have the chance to learn how to prepare for possible hair loss tie headscarves and use hats and hairpieces to help reduce its impact. They also learn how to look after their hair and scalp before during and after treatment and will have the chance to talk through any concerns with specially trained volunteers many of whom have had a personal experience of breast cancer.

Diana Johnston will be a volunteer at the new Glasgow HeadStrong service. She said:

“I have been a HeadStrong volunteer for four years now and am very excited about this new service in Glasgow.

I have seen first hand the impact that breast cancer can have and the value of this wonderful service so I am happy to be able to support other people facing hair loss by volunteering at HeadStrong. It’s a very relaxed session and we encourage our clients to try a range of alternatives to wigs like scarves so that they can find something that is right for them. It’s such a valuable service and I hope the information and support will give people confidence for the future.”

The Glasgow HeadStrong service was made possible by the ongoing support from Asda’s Tickled Pink campaign which has allowed Breast Cancer Care to expand the HeadStrong service by around 50 per cent.

The HeadStrong service will be held at Dennistoun Library and is the newest addition to the range of specialist cancer information and support available to local communities through libraries across Glasgow. The service is open to anyone who has been affected by any type of cancer. Clients will be offered private and confidential hour-long appointments fortnightly on Thursdays and can attend as many times as they would like.

To book a HeadStrong appointment at Dennistoun Library email sco@breastcancercare.org.uk or call 0141 353 8330.

For media enquiries contact Sophie Softley Pierce on 020 7960 3505 or sophie.pierce@breastcancercare.org.uk