Discrimination against cancer patients – spas and therapists – what is next?

‘I was led from the spa like a leper’

‘I was told that massage could spread cancer – it wasn’t very relaxing’

‘I was left in reception whilst all of my friends had their spa day – I wasn’t allowed beyond the front desk’

Times are changing. When speaking to groups of cancer patients and those living with and beyond cancer, audience members are always quick to tell me if they have experienced discrimination. Thankfully, I hear fewer horror stories than I used to.

The world of spa and beauty is opening up to those who need it most. Many seek accredited specialist training. Discrimination cases such as one brought against a spa chain for refusing to treat a cancer patient are, hopefully, a thing of the past.

We can relax…… or can we?

I entered the world of cancer support at the request of my local NHS cancer centre – they wanted me to work with them to develop a skincare range for cancer patients. I was delighted to help.

The nursing team were very clear, some natural ingredients could be beneficial to groups of cancers and they were not to be included in skincare for cancer patients.

I was surprised. I did the research and I agree, skincare for cancer patients is specialist. There are some natural ingredients that should not be offered to those affected by cancer.

Speaking as a lawyer, I suggest that the inclusion of such ingredients in products used, by professionals, on those affected by cancer will be the driver for the next cases against spas and therapists.

What do you think?

Jennifer Young, founder of www.BeautyDespiteCancer.com has a BSc (Hons) in Biology and is an experienced Microbiologist, is a qualified Nutritional Therapist, an associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine, a qualified Aromatherapist, Beauty Therapist and Product Formulator. She has two post-graduate qualifications in health related fields and Law, has been accepted by the Courts as an expert witness for occupational health cases and has been active in medical research.

Jennifer is the author of ‘Recognise Yourself’ a beauty and well-being guide for those affected by cancer, a book of ‘can do’s’ in a world that is often filled with ‘don’t do’s’.

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