Not all hair loss is the result of chemotherapy. Alopecia areata is hairloss condition usually affecting the scalp and usually caused by an abnormality in the immune system.
If a woman suspects she has alopecia, it would be best to visit a dermatologist who specializes in alopecia for a diagnosis, since there are a variety of medical conditions that can cause hairloss in women. It is important to first get an accurate diagnosis.
National Alopecia Areata Foundation supports research to find a cure, educates the public about alopecia and has useful information on the site about this condition. The site also has a comprehensive list of support groups and events around the country.
Bald Girls Do Lunch is dedicated to improving the quality of life for women with alopecia areata. They try to bring these women together at lunches, dinners and events where they can meet others with the same condition.