While charitable organisations that raise money for causes such as cancer, suffering children and blindness have high levels of public awareness, perhaps less well known are the charities that work to give support for alopecia sufferers. One such charity, Alopecia UK, hopes to change that and raise their profile at this year’s British 10k London Run on Sunday 12th July.
The annual British 10k London Run has become an international event attracting runners worldwide including current Olympic and World Champions and TV and film celebrities who run alongside charity fun runners and fitness enthusiasts. Last year over 26,000 people ran and history was made when the 2004 Olympic men’s marathon champion Stefano Baldini of Italy became the first male to win two successive Official ASICS British 10k London Run titles.
This year’s Official Race Charity is The Rainbow Children’s Trust however there are numerous other charities people will be running for, including Alopecia UK. The race starts at 9.35am at Hyde Park Corner and continues through some of London’s most famous historic landmarks such as St Jame’s Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, The Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. The course is very similar to the route that will be run in the 2012 London Marathon.
Places are nearly all gone for the popular event. At the time of publishing, there was only one space left on the Alopecia UK team. Anyone interested in running or donating can call Jackie McKillop at Alopecia UK on 01223 513534.
Alopecia is medical term used to describe hair loss from the head or body, sometimes to the extent of baldness. The defining characteristic of Alopecia areata is sudden patchy loss of the hair. In 70% of cases the hair will either grow back or can be treated with proven hair loss treatments. Alopecia areata affects about one person in every 100, mostly teenagers and young adults, and runs in the family in one in five cases. One in five people with alopecia areata may go on to develop a more severe form of hair loss – alopecia totalis (no scalp hair) or alopecia universalis (complete hair loss on the scalp and body).
The exact cause of alopecia areata is presently not known, although it is generally agreed that it is a disease of the autoimmune system. In addition there is believed to be a genetic component in some cases and some studies have shown a link with stress. And indeed, coping with hair loss can be extremely challenging. Celebrities such as Gail Porter have helped raise awareness about the condition.
If you are experiencing any of the above, or any of kind of hair loss or thinning hair, please feel free to call us at the clinic on 020 7730 6666 or email us for further information. If you can’t make it into the centre, fill in the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will contact you shortly with the results and recommendations.
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