October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, where millions of women living with breast cancer are supported, and even more, are encouraged to get annual detection tests. It is estimated that every year in the United States, 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. The diagnosis is just the start of their long journey to recovery.
How Breast Cancer Affects Women (and Men)
Breast cancer affects both the minds and bodies of the women, and even some men. Biopsies, partial, full or double mastectomies, and chemotherapy – leave scars that never fully heal. Breast cancer patients go through a full range of emotions from depression to anger, but even hope. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer takes nearly 40,000 lives per year.
How to Support Those with Breast Cancer
Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month is as easy as donating to fundraisers. It also means encouraging your mother, sister, aunt or daughters to talk to their doctors about when to get a mammogram.
Other ideas to include:
- Organize an event in your community to talk with women 50 to 74 about getting mammograms every two years.
- Add information about breast cancer screening to your company, church or group newsletter.
- Display posters or printed materials about breast cancer screening in your organization’s break room.
- Volunteer for a local Breast Cancer Awareness event.
- Assess your risk for breast cancer with this tool.
- Share educational content about breast exams on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
- Share stories from women who’ve gone through breast cancer.
- Wear pink, the international symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
One of the best things you can do is just be there, both physically and emotionally, for someone who is dealing with breast cancer. Listen, laugh, cry, send cards or write notes, pick up dinner or drive them to treatment.
The Maids Supports Breast Cancer Patients
Battling cancer can both physically and mentally exhaust the patient, leaving little time or energy for much else. That’s one of the reasons The Maids participates in Cleaning For A Reason, an organization that provides free cleaning services for women undergoing cancer treatment. The program has served more than 35,000 women with $11.7 million in donated house cleanings.
Battling cancer and treatment is hard and isolating enough. We take immense pride in giving women in these situations the gift of a clean home – free of charge. We take away the worry of cleaning while making their homes a place of comfort to heal and invite others in. Patients can register for a free cleaning from the Cleaning For A Reason website.