Women Need to Be Aware of Breast Cancer
First and most important is that every woman should be doing a breast self exam every month at the same time of the month. See our blog from October 2013 for information on just how to do a self exam the proper way. If you detect any lumps or abnormalities, make an immediate appointment with your doctor. Breast cancer can be very curable when caught early so self exams are very important. An annual mammogram is another step in breast health. Most insurance covers preventive exams like mammograms. You might want to consider asking for a 3D version for a possible clearer reading by a radiologist. If you are at least 40, you should get a mammogram annually. Younger women with a family history of breast cancer must consult with their physician who may recommend beginning annual exams even earlier than 40.
There Are Many Cancer Walks in October
Check your local paper or call the American Cancer Society for a list of breast cancer walks during the month. You can collect sponsors who donate to the cause then you participate in the walk. It’s a wonderful way to get some fresh air, sunshine and exercise. Gather a group of neighbors, co-workers or church members and create a team. Get colorful T-shirts so your team can be identified easily.
Cleaning For a Reason Helps Women With Cancer
Cleaning For a Reason is a non profit 501 (c) (3) foundation that provides free house cleaning to women undergoing treatment for cancer. It was founded in 2006 by Debbie Sardone who owns a residential cleaning service in Dallas. She was at a gathering of cleaning business owners from all across the United States. She told the story of how she has a few clients who hired her since they could not clean their own homes due to the debilitating nature of chemo therapy. Debbie’s heart went out to them and she started Cleaning for a Reason. The rest is history.
Cleaning For a Reason now has over 1100 cleaning companies across the country who donate FREE cleaning to women who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Custom Maid is proud to be one of those companies. If you know of a woman in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake or almost anywhere in the country who is undergoing cancer treatment, simply contact Cleaning For a Reason and they will refer the patient to Custom Maid. It’s that easy!
Custom Maid and all Cleaning for a Reason partners donate a free cleaning to these women once a month for each of four months to get them through their treatment phase. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to this terrific non-profit, just go to their website.
Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in August 2015. We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.