Cansa calls for hair donations

2015-08-13 06:00

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CANCER patients often undergo chemotherapy, and hair loss is one of the side-effects of this treatment.

Chemotherapy drugs are powerful medications that attack rapidly growing cancer cells. Unfortunately, these drugs also attack other rapidly growing cells in your body — including those in your hair roots and chemotherapy may cause hair loss all over your body — not just on your scalp.

South Coast Cansa is asking the community to donate hair towards making wigs for cancer sufferers whose hair has fallen out.

Patients normally buy acrylic wigs which are more affordable than wigs made from human hair.

They are also stocked by Cansa wig banks.

Cansa Care Centres frequently gets calls from people who want to donate hair.

Sesethu Senene from Cansa said they accept hair donations at shavathons and throughout the year, which are then sent to a human-hair wig manufacturer.

On the South Coast Cansa has received numerous donations since May.

“From May we received seven ponytails. As Cansa we are very grateful for these donations as they go a long way in assisting patients who have lost their hair due to treatment.

Senene said it takes about six ponytails to make a full human hair wig.

“Because we haven’t received a lot of ponytail donations, our patients haven’t been able to benefit from this. This is because it takes about six to 10 ponytails to make one wig depending on the thickness of the ponytail.

“We are hoping that more people will donate their ponytails and hopefully hairdressers will also help with donations to increase the number of wigs we have available.”

There is no charge for the human hair wigs, but a special donation is accepted from those who need the wig.

“We do not sell the wigs to patients however, the patient can make a donation,” said Senene.

Requirements for the hair donations are that a ponytail must be 25cm or longer, and be clean and dry.

Senene said they accept treated or dyed hair, but not dreadlocks.

When donating hair the requirement is that the hair must be tied at both ends and be in a zip-lock bag.

“We also request that the donor supplies their name and contact details,” Senene said

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