October is breast cancer awareness month,
& 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.
Sunny 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