Guided by volunteer cosmetologists, the Look Good … Feel Better program helps women learn how to use makeup and skincare techniques to overcome the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.
"We want to let women with cancer know that this program is offered right here in Yankton, and it's absolutely free," said Lisa Hjermstad, American Cancer Society.
Patients going through chemotherapy and radiation often experience side effects as a result of treatment: hair loss on the scalp, eyebrows or lashes; weight gain or loss; changes in skin pigmentation and texture; skin oiliness, itchiness or peeling; and alterations in nail texture and growth. The program helps patients cope with and cover these effects with free make-up and lessons on application from trained cosmetologists, who are volunteers for the American Cancer Society.
"Look Good … Feel Better is as much about improving self-image and confidence as it is about appearance," said Hjermstad.
The group class is open to any cancer patient, and is part of a collaborative effort between the American Cancer Society and Avera Sacred Heart Cancer Center.
Yankton resident Barb Rohde has been active as a cosmetologist in the program for over eight years, training cancer patients on makeup and skin care techniques.
The group class is offered the second Monday of every month at 3 p.m. at Avera Sacred Heart Cancer Center. To attend the session, or for more information on becoming a trainer, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.
Look Good … Feel Better is offered through a partnership between the American Cancer Society; the Cosmetic, Toiletry Fragrance Association Foundation; and the National Cosmetology Association.
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the society has 13 regional divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information any time, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.