Hair donors show solidarity, give hope to breast cancer patients

Update: 15:43 | 31/10/2019

More than 300 people donated their hair on the Pink Hat Day 2019 (October 27) organized by the Breast Cancer Network Vietnam (BCNV).

With the slogan, "Hair Given, Hope Stays", the organizers expected to have 1,000 donors, allowing100 hair set to given to the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion.

Hair not strongly affected by dyes will be processed and given to BCNV’s wig library and other breast cancer patients in Vietnam, said Nguyen Thuy Tien, CEO of BCNV.

Hair donors, solidarity, breast cancer patients, Pink Hat Day 2019, Breast Cancer Network Vietnam, Hair Given, Hope Stays

A hair donor at the event.

Tran Van Thuan from the southern province of Dong Nai, who donated his hair after growing it for three years said: "I do not regret it. I will keep growing my hair to give to people. My hair can grow again, but the future growth of some cancer patients are threatened."

BCNV built the wig library in 2013 and gifted the wigs to its members on a first-come, first-serve basis. But the synthetic hair was too hot to wear and could not be passed on to another person. It switched to real hair wigs in 2015 and began scouting for real hair sources.

The organization has received around 1,000 hair sets. It expects to get 4,000 hair sets for cancer patients nationwide, including breast cancer patients.

BCNV is a member of the Union for International Cancer Control, which works to increase early detection of breast cancer and to improve the quality of life for women diagnosed with the disease.

The Pink Hat Day is an annual event organized by BCNV, featuring a series of community activities, including outdoor yoga, hair donation and hair-styling for fundraising, zumba dance party and breast cancer exhibition, free examination and counseling about breast cancer. This year's event attracted more than 1,500 people.

According to Viet Nam's National Cancer Hospital in Hanoi, the ratio of breast cancer patients among women in Vietnam has increased from 24.4/100,000 in 2013 to 26.2/100,000 in 2018.

A touching C-section for pregnant woman with terminal cancer
Diagnosed with breast cancer at 12 weeks of pregnancy, Nguyen Thi L. (28 years old, from Ly Nhan district, Ha Nam province) was still determined to remain healthy to give birth to her child. The C-section to deliver the baby at week 31 was successful, with the tears of the doctors and L.’s family on May 22.
Hospital K, UK partners work to improve cancer treatment
Over 300,000 Vietnamese patients are struggling with cancer, said Director of the Vietnam National Cancer Hospital (Hospital K) Tran Van Thuan during a conference on scientific research and training cooperation between Hospital K and UK partners on April 16. 
Child cancer patients in need of greater support: NA Chairwoman
Child cancer patients from disadvantaged backgrounds need more treatment assistance, said National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan while visiting the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital in Hanoi on January 22.
Vietnam applies AI in cancer treatment
With initial optimistic results when applying the treatment in three hospitals, IBM Watson for Oncology software has been recommended to be used at medical facilities in Vietnam in counseling and supporting cancer doctors to select cancer treatment regimens for patients.
Run raises funds for children with cancer, heart disease
Thousands of people joined a run in Hanoi on December 2 to raise funds for children living with cancer and congenital heart disease. 

Source: VnExpress

Bình luận mới vừa được thêm vào. Click để xem
Mới nhấtHay nhấtXếp theo: