October has been officially dubbed National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every year during the month of October hundreds of people and groups band together to raise awareness of the disease and the importance of early detection. These groups also work to to raise funds for research into the causes, prevention, treatment, and cure for breast cancer. Many of these groups raise money to offer support to those personally affected by the disease.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women. As a result, most everyone knows, or has known someone who has been affected in some way by breast cancer. If breast cancer has directly affected you, or someone you know, Breastcancer.org and Susan G. Komen are great informational sites. These sites include lots of helpful information on symptoms to assist in early detection as well as information on treatments and side effects.