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Question About Hair Color...

Question About Hair Color...

Did anyone else stop coloring their hair post diagnosis/treatment? My oncologist recommended that I no longer color my hair as the dyes are potentially cancerous. I am fully gray now, but always wonder if I'm the only one that took this drastic step.

posted 11 days ago
A MyLymphomaTeam Member said:

As a 56 year old, I had stopped colouring, but don't have a heap of grey. During chemo, definitely stop but after that, up to you. I don't think I will go back to colouring in the near future. Do what makes your quality of life best, I doubt there is any conclusive research to indicate hair colouring is a trigger for gene mutation.

posted 8 days ago
A MyLymphomaTeam Member said:

I stopped coloring initially because I was recovering from my open splenectomy in FL (since I couldn't lift anything over 10 lbs for 12 weeks) away from my hairdresser in MD for nearly 4 months. But in my desperate search to try to understand how an otherwise healthy 61 year old ended up with SMZL, I did see hair dye as a possible link for that particular form of MZL. Everything else as possible links had been ruled out (infections, etc.). So, I decided to continue going gray. I have not experienced any other treatment to date. I will be happier when it is all gray instead of the growing out stage I have currently 😀....

posted 10 days ago
A MyLymphomaTeam Member said:

My cancer doctor never mentioned to me to stop coloring my hair. I think it may make a difference as to the type of chemotherapy that you are doing. The drugs I took did not cause my hair to fall out. I could see that if it were opening the follicles on your scalp that would cause your hair to fall out might be dangerous. Best of luck and getting to the bottom of this since maintaining your outward appearance can have a lot to do with your self-confidence when you are going through a difficult period of time. I certainly wish you the best of luck with your treatment.

posted 10 days ago
A MyLymphomaTeam Member said:

KCPowell
I agree that it is kinda nice not to have to do any upkeep and it is certainly a lot cheaper! I still have my moments of wanting to though!

posted 10 days ago
A MyLymphomaTeam Member said:

Ugh! I'm so tempted to go back to coloring, but I've been gray for 5 years now. I'm only 55 so it's been challenging for my ego/pride/self-confidence, but I don't want the cancer to come back because of the exposure. I know being alive and healthy is the most important thing so although it continues to be a challenge I'm not sure I could ever go back.

posted 10 days ago
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