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Aberdeen pilot project fashions young cancer confidence

A pilot project aimed at boosting the confidence of young people affected by cancer could be rolled out across the UK after successful Scottish trials.

Many teenagers and young adults are told they have cancer across the country each year.

The treatments can affect their own body image, due to hair loss, scarring and weight issues.

The Dress For Now project, which features style coaching, has now been adopted by the Teenage Cancer Trust.

It includes fashion advice, a photography shoot, and meditation.

Aberdeen-based style coach Danit Levi designed the project for those treated for cancer.

She told BBC Scotland: "It's all about getting young people feeling comfortable in their body.

"Their body goes through so many changes and they have to rediscover what their body would look like."

Kristie Reid, 18, was treated for a tumour in her shoulder, involving chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

She said: "You do go through a lot of changes, losing your hair and your hair coming back through.

"You can be left with a visible scar."

She said she did not mind her own scarring but realised others could be more self conscious.

The Teenage Cancer Trust said it was so pleased with the results of the pilot, which involved sessions in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, that it was investigating the possibility of rolling it out across the UK.

The People's Postcode Trust awarded funding for the workshops.

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