Have you checked ’em?

October is breast cancer awareness month,

breast cancer awareness month

Check ’em, Keep ’em

& pink ribbons seem to be everywhere.You name it someone somewhere is slapping a pink ribbon on their product & many are making a donation for every pink ribbon item to a breast cancer charity. Everything from socks & tee shirts to travel mugs & sun sleeves. A trip to your local mall looks like an explosion in a Barbie factory, all helping to bring awareness to this killer disease. But when was the last time you had a breast exam either a self exam or medical? If it’s more than a month (self) or more than a year (medical) it’s high time you lifted your shirt!

In the U.S. 12.68% of all women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, with 33% eventually losing their battle with the disease.

Thanks to the technology available to us, there are more and more effective treatments to fight breast cancer.  However, you can’t treat the disease if you’re not aware that it’s there.  Being proactive, keeping up with monthly self exams and paying attention for unusual lumps or discharge can lead to breast cancer being caught early, giving you a greater chance of survival.  While it isn’t guaranteed, the odds are in your favor that you will get to live a long and healthy life.  The rise in breast cancer has been dramatic. In 1960, 1 in 20 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, that number has skyrocketed, up to every 1 in 8 women today.

The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for breast cancer in the United States are for 2011:

  • About 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women
  • About 39,520 deaths from breast cancer (women)

Whilst the majority of the cases were in people over the age of 45, tragically the number of women under 40 diagnosed with breast cancer continues to rise. A crucial first step towards detection is to make monthly self exams a priority, along with a yearly doctor’s visit and after 40 get an annual mammogram.  If you notice anything out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate to get it checked out.  The sooner you do, the sooner treatment (if needed) can begin. For those whose breast cancer is detected in the early stages the survival rate is increasing every year and is currently around 96%, Right now there are more than 2½ million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

UV necklace featuring angel carrying a pink ribbonSunny Sleevez is delighted to announce a timely new addition to the Sunny Beads, UV detecting jewelry. The Pink Ribbon necklace features an angel carrying a pink ribbon and  is not only a stunning reminder to “Check ’em, so you can keep ’em”, but the white beads also change color in the sun as a brilliant reminder to cover up in the sun. The pink ribbon angel as well as ALL beads are Made in America. Available at


Sunny Sleeve Pink Ribbon sun sleeves are available pink ribbon on pink sun sleeve


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So what are you waiting for?

Check ‘em, so you can keep ‘em!

About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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