CosBeauty Magazine #86

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CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia.
In this issue:
- The 2019 Christmas Gift Guide
- City Skin Detox
- Fool Proof Steps for Party Survival
- Diet is a Dirty Word
- Hair Trends from Catwalk Zimmerman
- Fertility Options for Cancer Survivors

Don’t be afraid to

ask questions

For many women, the situation is

daunting enough, so important questions

can frequently be forgotten. Also, there

are some doctors who aren’t wellversed

in the fertility issues surrounding

cancer treatments, or who may see the

importance lies in treating the disease

first and foremost. The lesson here is,

‘there are no silly questions’, so ask

everything and anything!

Naturally, cancer is a scary prospect for

any woman to face, says Krystal Barter,

founder and CEO of Pink Hope. ‘For

those who develop cancer at a young

age or carry a genetic predisposition, it

is often doubly scary,’ she says. ‘You are

dealing with your own health, difficult

decisions and are often confronted with

the very real likelihood that the decisions

you make will affect your ability to have

children in the future. All this at an age

where having children mightn’t even be

on the radar.

‘Taking preventative measures often

means that high-risk women can live

cancer free and go on to have happy,

healthy pregnancies,’ says Krystal.

‘However, for many women in the Pink

Hope community impacted by a highrisk

mutation or carrying a BRCA gene,

cancer can strike at a young age and

aggressively, leaving you little time to

make the necessary decisions about future

family plans.

‘Women and their partners need more

information and better consultation

with their doctor around their fertility

before considering preventative measures

and, most importantly, women with

cancer need to be given urgent fertility

preservation opportunities,’ she says.

What are your

options?

For the majority of women facing

a cancer diagnosis and subsequent

treatment, hope for a family is tangible,

especially if they are of fertile age, stresses

Dr Raewyn Teirney, Australia’s leading

fertility specialist and gynaecologist.

‘Couples, and indeed single women,

should know that all is not lost,’ says Dr

Jess and Travers on their wedding day with their ‘groomsdog’ Ari.

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