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EFFINGHAM -- The "Look Good…Feel Better" program will be offered to cancer patients in active treatment in Effingham and surrounding areas.

This free program is a joint effort between the American Cancer Society, the National Cosmetology Association, and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation that teaches beauty techniques to women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

The session is free, but registration is requested to ensure the proper make-up kit and materials are available for each participant.

There’s still time to join the next Look Good…Feel Better session, which is being held at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m, Tuesday at St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness Center, 900 W. Temple, Effingham. For additional information or to register, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

“Look Good…Feel Better is as much about improving and maintaining self-image and confidence as it is about appearance,” said Claire Sharp, mission delivery specialist with the American Cancer Society. “Patients enjoy the opportunity to spend time in a relaxed, non-medical setting with others in the same situation. And the free make-up and instruction from professionals helps them look and feel better.”

According to the American Cancer Society, there are dozens of anti-cancer drugs in use today, each with its own set of possible side effects. Possible appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation include: 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 rate.

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than 3,000,000 volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates.

For more information regarding the program, contact Community Programs, at 217-347-1529 or visit HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s at www.stanthonyshospital.org.

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