Breast Cancer Awareness Month—Extended Coverage

Breast Cancer Awareness

The National Cancer Institute estimates that this year in the U.S. alone there will be 232,340 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in women, in which approximately 39,620 will die. And those stark statistics don't include others affected by the disease—the wider circle that encompasses the patient's family members, friends, colleagues and overall support network.

No one—rich or poor—is immune from the threat of the breast cancer, as proved by Angelina Jolie, who bravely chose to undergo a preventive double mastectomy rather than face an 87% chance of developing the illness, traced to a "faulty" BRCA1 gene. Even being male doesn't guarantee exclusion from the danger: according to the NCI, 2,240 American men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013.

Despite the billions of dollars invested in breast cancer research over the last few decades, there is still no cure. But there is hope: new drug trials are underway, and the anticancer properties of foodstuffs are being mined, so far with encouraging results. For those who have gone through the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer and the ensuing, often grueling, treatment, there are post-surgery treatments and procedures designed to help women and men regain a sense of "normalcy."

This October, to coincide with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, DAYSPA’s BCA microsite takes a look at some of the latest industry news and research, salon and spa events, and special skin- and haircare products that raise the profile of—and funds for—the cause.

For further breast cancer information and sources, visit the organizations' websites listed in our Products section.