Join Debbie and Laurin as they discuss one of the top health concerns for women: Breast Cancer. Busy Ladies touch base on breast cancer statistics and prevention.


Show Notes

Breast Cancer Stats

1)    According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. It is also one of the leading causes of cancer death among women of all races and Hispanic origin populations.

2)    About 39,840 women in the U.S. were expected to die in 2010 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1990. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.

3)    Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among U.S. women. More than 1 in 4 cancers in women (about 28%) are breast cancer.

4)    A woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. About 20-30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of breast cancer.

5)    About 70-80% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.

6)    The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).

7)    Only 20% of breast cancer patients have a family history of the disease. A statistic like this means that, for many women, a diagnosis of breast cancer can strike without warning.

Breast Cancer Prevention

1)    Routine mammograms

2)    A healthy immune system fueled by some smart diet choices and a little vitamin D can help you prevent breast cancer

3)    Diet, exercise, green tea, aspirin twice a week

4)    Early detection tests

Breast Cancer References

1)    DR. Oz and Breast Cancer

2)    The Mayo Clinic

3)    WebMD

4)    National Breast Cancer Foundation

Heart disease is the number one killer of women. What are you going to do to help prevent heart disease? Join the Busy Ladies as they start their 5 week series on the top 5 health issues pertaining to women.

Show Notes

The top 5 health issues pertaining to women include heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, depression, and autoimmune disease. Listen as the Busy Ladies focus on the topic of heart disease this week.

Laurin, Colleen, and Debbie discuss that heart disease is not a “so-called man’s disease” and the impact it has on women.

1)      Heart Disease Stats
a.       An estimated 42 million American women live with cardiovascular disease, but too many are unaware of the threat they face.
b.      More than 8 million women have a history of heart attack and/or angina. (Angina is chest pain that occurs when an area of your heart muscle doesn’t get enough oxygen-rich blood.)
c.       Heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women, killing more than a third of them.

2)      Heart Disease Impacts/ How Heart Disease Has Touched Our Lives
a.       Effects families/friends
b.      Increase risks when you smoke, don’t exercise, etc.

3)      Prevention
a.       Take the Healthy Heart Challenge – this is a 31 day plan created by Dr. Oz to help improve heart health.
b.      Know your numbers (blood pressure, cholestertol (good & bad), Triglycerides, etc.
c.       Have a healthy BMI
d.      Exercise – walk 30 minutes per day to get your heart rate up.
e.       Change/monitor what you eat
f.       Choose your birth control carefully
g.      “Heart Healthy At Any Age” – find preventive measures based on your age at Go Red for Women
h.      Ask your doctor

4)      References
a.       Dr. Oz
c.       WebMd
d.      Go Red for Women

Spring has sprung and it is passed due for your spring cleaning. Need some tips to help you finish your spring cleaning this week. Listen has the Busy Ladies discuss de-cluttering, cleaning supplies, and the all important cleaning tips. Let the Busy Ladies help your place sparkle.

Show Notes

1) De-cluttering:
– Walk around with a box and gather things you don’t need. Use the time in between tv shows to clean things up.
– Closet: Hang all your hangers backward to start. Each time you wear a item, rehang the item on a hanger facing the right direction after you wash it. At the end, it makes it easy to quickly see which clothes you wear so that you can pass the rest on.
– Reduce paperwork around the house by scanning the paperwork and saving it on your computer.

2) Cleaning Supplies:
– Vinegar as a cleaning supply
– Use vinegar and newspapers for cleaning windows
– Rain-ex on shower doors for water spots
– Getting rid of the cobwebs with a broom

3) Cleaning Tips:
– Use loofa to clean fiberglass tub
– Don’t forget the details of cleaning door frames and baseboards…. it will pay off
– Washing all curtains and blinds can help brighten up a room. Clean blinds by hanging blinds over the fence and washing off with the hose.

Listen has the Busy Ladies and end with a clean house!

Moving is one of the most stressful challenges.  Are there secrets to making it easier?  The Busy Ladies have moved frequently so what are their tips and tricks?

Show Notes

Tips from the ladies but listen to find all their secrets

Laurin discusses her experiences with moving many times. Techniques include purge and clean while you are getting ready to pack up your stuff and then that way you move less and you get rid of unwanted items. Cleaning tip on how to clean your carpet without using a carpet cleaner by using hot water and adding laundry soap to it and using white rags to scrub it.

Colleen discusses the all essential packing tricks. Tricks include 1) “Open Me First” box–placing items that you will need right away like toothbrush, toothpaste, and toilet paper. 2) Using towels and t-shirts as packing material instead of newspaper. 3) Taping parts that go to bed frames, dressers, table and chairs to the back or underneath of each item so that you don’t have to look and decide which piece goes where or place in a baggie and label to keep them separate.

Debbie discusses tips to help everyone in the moving process including remembering to turn in change of address forms,  notifying your credit card companies, and utilize online tools to connect and disconnect service. Tips for moving short distances include packing the truck and items that go into your car and the fact that it appears harder to move from house to house than it is to move across country. Most important tip: making sure that if you use movers to feed them!!!  They will in turn take care of your stuff and pack it carefully and then unload it carefully.

Relaxation techniques are essential in our daily lives to help us be physically, mentally, and emotionally ready to take on the world. Listen as the Busy Ladies discuss what they do in order to relax and unwind after a busy day and hectic week.


Show Notes

Debbie and Colleen discuss the most serene, calming, and tranquil moments in our lives and probably the thing most of us lack during our weeks…. relaxation time. Listen as Busy Ladies discuss their:

Top Ten Relaxation Techniques From The Busy Ladies

  1. Read a book
  2. Sleep
  3. Yoga/exercise
  4. Watch the sunset/experience nature
  5. Take a bath
  6. Turn off phone
  7. Listen to music/audio book
  8. Sound machine – used to listen to rain or crashing of waves to fall asleep to
  9. Shopping
  10. Humor/Laughter

Women’s perspective in a man’s world. Listen as the Busy Ladies discuss interactions in a male atmosphere such as getting appliances repaired, going to the auto part store, and gender roles.

Show Notes

Laurin, Debbie, and Colleen explore what they have experienced when dealing with “male dominated” atmospheres. This week’s episode discusses:

1) Experiences with getting appliances such as your dryer fixed, getting your car repaired, or talking to cable companies.

2) Automotive Advice – Certified Female Friendly: Discussion of website which has forums and searches for female friendly automotive assistance. Perfect for those who are intimidated by the auto industry.

3) Power of Technology & Education: using google and other internet resources to troubleshoot in order to try to fix problems before calling for help or to gain knowledge beforehand.

4) Male Dominated Careers vs. Women Dominated Careers: How do terms like fireman vs. firefighter impact the way our culture looks at gender in different careers? How have gender roles have changed over the years? Listen as Busy Ladies explore the future of gender roles and how future generations will impact or be impacted by gender roles.

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