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Though many of us overlook breast cancer because it may not be a disease we’ve personally struggled with, chances are we all know someone who has.

Here are a few staggering facts, provided by NationalBreastCancer.org:

  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
  • One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • It is estimated that over 220,000 women in America will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year, of which 40,000 will die (For men, those numbers drop to 2,150 and 410, respectively).

This month, and every October since 1985 when National Breast Cancer Awareness Month started, the world bands together to enlighten the unenlightened about the disease and how we can all do our part to help. Throughout October, companies like Lokai and ULTA Beauty raise money for breast cancer research and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

And though everyone isn’t in the position to donate millions of dollars, some of our favorite celebrities support by buying trinkets, bracelets, and clothing from businesses that promise some portion of their proceeds to #NBCAM.

Breast cancer knows no prejudice – many of the stars we see in the media every day have been personally affected by the disease. Angelina Jolie, for example, underwent a double mastectomy in May 2013 after discovering she carries a genetic mutation that left her with an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer.

It’s an ugly reality, but it’s one we’ve got to face if we have any chance of beating it. Below we’ve provided a list of charities that are dedicated to fighting breast cancer year-round, as well as a gallery of 26 photos of celebrities supporting this month. Do it in your own way, but support – hundreds of thousands of Americans, and many more worldwide, are counting on it.

SOURCE: NBCF, CharityNavigator | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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