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Oncology Esthetics: Breast Cancer Awareness

By: Morag Currin
Posted: October 2, 2013, from the October 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Many physicians are not familiar with all the holistic or complementary therapies available to the spa client. This may mean that your client’s physician may disapprove of her interest in a spa treatment. This requires educating your client and, in turn, having them educate their physician about the services you will provide.

As skin care professionals, you can educate clients about the importance of regular, monthly breast self-exams and you need to be aware of—and to help your clients become aware of—changes occurring in, on and around the breasts and underarm areas.

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Morag Currin

Be a force of healing and wellness in cancer patients' lives! Purchase the Oncology Esthetics online video from Skin Inc. Video Education! In this lesson you will discover how Oncology Estheticians impacts the lives of cancer patients with compassion and healing. Armed with the right knowledge and understanding, estheticians can help resolve oncology-related skin issues and provide a soothing touch and relaxation during a difficult time in a person's life.