NH hair stylists join the fight against skin cancer
Stylist Morgan Cote of Elavina Salon and Spa checks the scalp of Beth Cavan of Bedford in Manchester on Wednesday. Cote participated in Tuesday's Skinny On Skin event to instruct stylists on how to recognize melanoma. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
"It's up to us to kind of shift the whole paradigm about health care and make all of these early detection programs more accessible," Girard said. "Skin cancer is the only cancer that you can see."
"A lot of people have a relationship with their stylist. They share a great bond," said Dr. Robin Travers, a dermatologist from Chestnut Hill, Mass., who was among the consultants who fielded questions and helped stylists with one-on-one scalp examination techniques. "It's a different kind of relationship than with their doctor. They may be more likely to take them up on that urging to go see their doctor."
Elavina stylist Morgan Cote says she has seen concerning signs on clients' skin or scalp since she started in the business nine years ago but wasn't sure how to address it.
"I think a lot of us kind of know the things to look for or the major things to look for, but I don't think we know how to talk to someone and how to open that door. I think that's really important in events like this. It really gives you the tools to help somebody and to make it comfortable," said stylist Brittney DePiero of Nashua. "You don't want to offend someone or upset them, but you really want them to take you seriously. I feel like a lot of the techniques we learned tonight and some of the wording is really helpful."
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