Caring for clients in special circumstances
As of January 2019, it is estimated that there are 16.9 million cancer survivors in the United States. This represents 5.0% of the population. In 2019 alone, 1.7 million new cancer cases were diagnosed in the United States. It’s a sad truth that the likelihood of an esthetican encountering a client that either has a history of cancer treatment, is in the process of undergoing treatment or is recovering from treatment is high. Oncology esthetics is a form of esthetic treatment that is meant to complement medical oncology treatment, addressing unique skin concerns that can arise from treatment while also offering important integrative therapy to help alleviate stress and anxiety associated with combatting cancer.
Certification in Oncology Esthetics has become more and more available throughout the United States, through organizations such as Oncology Training International. Becoming certified in oncology esthetics and incorporating it into a practice can be an enormously rewarding and enriching experience for the esthetician, knowing that they are addressing a demographic that can derive truly life-changing benefits from their services.
Here is an overview of what oncology esthetics entails, as well as ingredients and information an esthetician will need to incorporate into their practice to become a certified practitioner.
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