October is breast cancer awareness month. (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Be proactive by educating yourself and join in the cause to help women in need today.

Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Each year in the United States, more than 250,000 women get breast cancer and 42,000 women die from the disease. Some additional facts include the following:

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  • In 2020, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. as well as 48,530 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
  • 1 in 8 women in the United