In 2012, over 200,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer. Another 39,920 died as a result of the disease. But survival rates for all types of cancer have improved significantly. "The 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers diagnosed between 2001 and 2007 is 67%, up from 49% in 1975-1977," according to the American Cancer Society. And the numbers for breast cancer are even more encouraging at a full 90%, up from 63% in the early 1960s. The main reasons: research and education.
The ubiquity and solidarity that has developed surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October of every year, is heart-warming. Organizations you might not otherwise expect to fight for this cause have rallied behind it (the NFL, for instance, has its players wear pink socks and gloves). PANYL wants to give you an opportunity to contribute to the ongoing eradication of this terrible disease the way we know you know best: While realizing your DIY dreams.
So, for the month of October we're donating 10% of our proceeds -- no matter the product, finish or project -- to a non-profit breast cancer foundation. Increasing public awareness is crucial, and increased funding for research is imperative.
Together we can make a difference.