With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Americans across the country will be paying tribute to those loved ones lost to the devistating disease.
Breast cancer is a thorn in the side of women world wide, and is the second leading cause of cancer related death in women in the United States, only trailing lung cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is diagnosed in 1 in 3 cancers diagnosed in American women, and more than 180,000 new cases will be reported this year alone.
On a global scale, the American Cancer Society estimates that this year 500,000 lives will be lost thanks to the disease.
Continued research is being carried out in an attempt to better understand the disease in order to develop a cure for it, for which there is currently none.
This month, special events will be held to recognize those lost to the disease, to celebrate those who have managed to beat it, and to support ongoing research into finding a cure.