Stylists Vs Cancer

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 9:39am

Some salons are offering free scalp checks to their clients.

We normally make a trip to the salon to get pampered, but in between snipping and coloring some stylists are taking the time to check for potentially life threatening conditions.

Salon owner Andre Baldini offers a free microscopic head check to all of his clients.

Baldini says his training as a cosmetologist taught him to recognize some skin conditions, but he is quick to point out that he never offers clients a diagnosis.

"Sometimes they get a little bit nervous, but we just let them know that we don't know what it is, but it's something they should probably just go and look at," he says.

Doctors say it's a big help.

"We've had many hair stylists here on the main line refer patients in, and lo an behold they're cancer, so I'm not asking them to make a diagnosis but to send a patient our way," says dermatologist Dr. Victoria Cirillo Hyland.

A study recently published in the Archives of Dermatology suggests that hairdressers could be more useful when it comes to finding skin cancer and that stylists should get more sophisticated training.

Dr. Cirillo Hyland, of Bryn Mawr Skin and Cancer Institute, doesn't believe they need extra training, just the good sense to point out something that doesn't look right.

Baldini worries that more training will up the cost of getting a cut but believes it could be a life-saving trade off.

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