This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer ribbonOver 186,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed every year in the US alone and, sadly, some 40,000 die from the disease, making it the second deadliest cancer amongst women (source: American Cancer Society).

A number of patient advocacy groups are holding walks in aid of research including the American Cancer Society and Susan G Komen for the cure Foundation. Others, such as the National Breast Cancer Organisation are focusing on early detection, since the earlier the disease is found, the better the chance of a cure or long term survival.

There are some fascinating stories of hope and survival on the internet – you can read some of them on
American Cancer Society and on one of my favourite cancer sites for inspiration, Punk Rock Mommy.

Sal in darker pink
And for those of you on Twitter and Friendfeed, why not turn pink like this? 

I've gone pink, have you?

Are you doing anything to support this worthy cause?