Beauty & Beyond: Breast Cancer Awareness

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Grab a glass of wine and sit down for some sobering news. The American Cancer Society'??s most recent estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2012 just came out.

  • About 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women
  • About 39,510 deaths from breast cancer (women)
  • The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8.
  • The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 36.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. And let's not forget...men can get it too. Trying to make people more aware, Gov. Deval Patrick is hoping to change that in Massachusetts by signing a bill yesterday (Monday, October 1) designating the third week of October as Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week.

But it'??s not all bad news. Breast cancer death rates have been going down, more than likely it'??s because all of you lovely ladies are now checking yourself regularly, getting mammograms, etc. Treatment is also better than what it used to be. Today, there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. My mom is one of them.

As we start October (Breast Cancer Awareness month), here'??s how a few beauty companies are making sure that the Girls stay beautiful by donating to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Every little bit helps. This is by no means a complete list, so when you go to pick up your faves this month, see what they're doing...it's important to think pink, ladies. Now and always.

AHAVA Hope Blossoms Mineral Bath Salts: For every purchase, AHAVA will make a 10% donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in support of their mission to help fund research and promote education and early detection. These mineral-rich salts contain 21 essential Dead Sea minerals, including magnesium, potassium and calcium that work to melt away stress, while providing essential moisture to skin and relief to tired muscles. $22

Elemis Think Pink: Be 'breast' aware with this limited edition collection for face and body. After all is said and done, Elemis has pledged to donate £10,000 GBP (equivalent to approximately $16,000) to Breast Cancer Care. The kit includes limited edition pink versions of its Award-Winning Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment Neck & Bust and a Quiet Mind Bath Elixir. They come housed in a lovely pink satin carrying case, emblazoned with the iconic pink ribbon. $65

Nails Inc: They have an entire campaign called '??Paint Your Pinkie Pink,'? which is all about raising awareness by painting your pinkie pink. The fanciful Pinkie Pink nail polish was created in a limited edition form of pink glitter with $1 from every nail polish sale will be donated to Breast Cancer Campaign. $10

Sephora BCA pop-up brush: This tiny travel pink brush features a Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon in glitz and glamour. What's even prettier is the proceeds that go towards the cause.

OPI Pink of Hearts: A pale pink every-day polish, the slight shimmer was created specifically for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. OPI will be donating $25,000 to the charity. $7

Stila Courage & Beauty Travel Palette ($16) and Positively Pink Set ($18): Stila has created two beauty items to support BCA--a palette of five eye shadows, a Convertible Color for lips and cheeks, a mirror and a face chart, as well as a multi-colored pressed powder that comes paired with a Lip Glaze. For each purchase, $1 of proceeds will go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

BIOLAGE Colorcaretherapie BCA Kit: This is colorcare for a cause. Biolage has packaged together the cult-favorite Colorcaretherapie collection of Shampoo, Conditioner, Color Bloom Masque and Shine Shake Spray. $1 from the purchase of each kit has been donated to the Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. In total, Matrix will be donating about $22K from the kit. $11.95

Smashbox's Inspiration: This limited-edition Be Legendary Lipstick shade is infused with vitamins C and E, as well as shea butter and a unique moisture complex that provides instant, long-term hydration. This hot pink hue is a bold and bright must-have that supports a worthy cause. For every purchase of Inspiration, Smashbox will donate $5 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. $19

ColorMetrics: This hair color giant just partnered with the National Breast Cancer Coalition and throughout October, 100% of proceeds from the sales of its Streekers in Pink and TouchBack BrowMarker in Blonde will be donated to the NBCC to help fund research supporting their goal of ending breast cancer by January 1, 2020. TouchBack BrowMarker in Blonde was created specifically for women who have lost their brows due to chemotherapy.

Estée Lauder Pink Ribbon Collection: Pretty in pink lipstick shades hand-selected by Evelyn Lauder, all held in a chic, pink clutch. Estée Lauder will donate $500,000 from the sales of its Pink Ribbon Collection to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, so we can hopefully one day kiss breast cancer goodbye. $24

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