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It’s time to think pink. With breast cancer awareness month in full swing, we’re breaking down top beauty secrets for breast cancer survivors who require chemotherapy.

According to a new study funded by the Avon Foundation, African-American women are nearly half, 43%, as likely to die from breast cancer than White women. In 2013, 230,815 women and 2,109 men in the United States were diagnosed with the cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts. Further, 40,860 women and 464 men in the United States died from breast cancer, reports the CDC.

Even more shocking, large metropolitan areas including Atlanta (where Black women are diagnosed with breast cancer at a rate more than double that of White women), Austin, Dallas, Chicago, Memphis, and Los Angeles, top the list of U.S. cities with the largest breast cancer death disparities.

On the flip side, the five-year survival rate for women with early-stage breast cancer is 99%, reports the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For a look at our top three beauty picks for breast cancer survivors, keep scrolling.

Photo credit: http://www.polarcoldcaps.com

Photo credit: http://www.polarcoldcaps.com

Cold Caps, $395/month and a $395 deposit, available at Polar Cold Caps.

According to the Polar Cold Caps LLC website, their “revolutionary, ultra cold gel caps were specially engineered to provide maximum effectiveness by utilizing a superior gel filled strapping system which contours to the entire scalp. Our unique gel formula was specifically created by industry experts to maintain cold temperatures for longer periods of time to maximize effectiveness. These combined benefits allow our clients to achieve optimal results.”

Photo credit: http://www.brianjosephs.com

Photo credit: http://www.brianjosephs.com

Brian Joseph’s lash and brow conditioning gel, $50, available at Brian Joseph’s.

“Brian Joseph’s Lash and Brow Conditioning Gel was developed by a medical professional and is ophthalmologist-tested. Our botanical and peptide based formula is non-irritating to eyes and will not irritate sensitive skin. There are no drugs parabens, petroleum products, or propylene glycol among our cruelty-free ingredients,” the website states.

As for the benefit, “breakthrough technology featuring reconstructive components that may help maintain lashes and brows during chemotherapy.”

Photo credit: http://www.elastogels.com

Photo credit: http://www.elastogels.com

Elasto gel mitts and slippers, $250, available at Elastogels.

Widely used across Europe, this “non-invasive method” has successfully proven to help those with breast cancer maintain their hair during chemotherapy, the website states.

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