Last year, more than 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer were estimated to be diagnosed. 1 in 8 women is expected to receive a diagnosis during the course of her lifetime, according to BreastCancer.org.
It's nearly impossible to find someone today who hasn't been affected in some way by the disease -- with a mother, a sister, a grandmother or a friend diagnosed at some point.
But sometimes those women are more well-known. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, we rounded up just a few of the inspiring faces of breast cancer over the past several years.
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