(HealthDay News) -- Chemotherapy may damage the cells that make hair and cause it to fall out, the National Cancer Institute says.
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Hair loss may begin two weeks to three weeks after starting chemotherapy, the agency says. Before hair begins to fall out, consider shaving your head, getting a wig or wearing a hat or scarf, the institute advises.
After hair loss begins, the agency suggests:
- Always protect your head from the sun. Use sunscreen or wear a hat when you are outside.
- Protect your head from the cold by wearing a hat or scarf.
- Consider wearing a soft scarf while you sleep.
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