Sunday, September 23, 2012
Understanding alopecia areata
September is alopecia areata (AA) awareness month. This type of hair loss can strike without warning and is marked by round or oval patches completely devoid of hair. This can happen on the scalp or any part of the body that has hair. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. The National Alopedia Areata Foundation estimates that about 5 million people in the United States are affected by alopecia areata. It affects both sexes and about 60 percent of those suffering with the condition are under age 20.
Bald Girls Do Lunch to help people understand the condition and especially what it's like to live with alopecia areata. You can download a pdf of it at the website.
If you know someone suffering with hair loss of any kind or if you are dealing with hair loss, especially alopecia areata or female pattern hair loss, talk about it. It's only by breaking the silence on this last taboo that we will get the attention these conditions deserve and moreover, make it acceptable to view hair loss in women as not abnormal, not only associated with cancer and not an illness or not something we can somehow control.
I salute my brave sisters!
Here are some other sites for information about alopecia areata.
The Children's Alopecia Project
The Women's Hair Loss Project
The Bald And Beautiful Movement
And please join the conversation on my Facebook page.