Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives, according to the American Cancer Society.

But the news is good. Early detection is saving lives.

October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To bring attention to the cause, the Empire-Tribune is asking area survivors and those battling the disease to share their stories.

The first story will appear in this Sunday's edition of the E-T.

If you are willing to share your story, contact Managing Editor Sara Vanden Berge at or call 965-3124.