"I know I have a lump, doc, but when I wake up, will I still have my breast?"

(Harrisburg) -- The fountain at the state Capitol in Harrisburg is now pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Every day in Pennsylvania, 32 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2011 alone, over 12,000 will hear the words ‘you have breast cancer.’ To honor these women, the PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) is proud to join First Lady Susan Corbett and Sheri Phillips, Secretary of the PA Department of General Services, in celebrating the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The East Wing Fountain of the Pennsylvania State Capitol will be turned PINK for the month of October.

Michelle Rubeo, a breast cancer survivor, and her family received a special gift. They went to Orlando, FL courtesy of For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation.

Cancer is undoubtedly the one word you never want to hear from your doctor, but the truth is that more of us are surviving the disease than ever before. Thanks to better detection methods, earlier diagnoses, and huge advances in treatment, survival rates are now 68 percent, an impressive improvement from a 50 percent survival rate 36 years ago.

(Hershey) -- Cancer permanently changes the lives of survivors and their loved ones. It also affects the doctors who treat cancer. witf's Craig Layne talked with Dr. Gordon Kauffman from Penn State Hershey Medical Center. He's one of several doctors who've written poetry and essays for Facing Cancer Together.

Doctor Gordon Kauffman is with the departments of Surgeries and Humanities at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.  In his piece titled "Communion," he remembers the details about one patient's journey with breast cancer.  He wonders about her life beyond the hospital walls... and realizes there is a delicate balance of empathy and loss of objectivity.

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It is still a mystery why black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than whites, according to a new study that shows the racial disparity can't be chalked up to obesity differences.

We spoke with Kimberly Mallett exactly four years after she was told by her doctor that she had breast cancer. At only 31 years old, it was a shock to both Kim and her doctor that she had cancer. They discovered she carried the BRCA2 gene which put Kim at high risk for cancer elsewhere in her body. So, even though she found a lump in one of her breasts, Kim was proactive and decided to have a double mastectomy.

(Harrisburg) -- This month minor league ballparks across the state will host amateur home-run derbies, and many of the teams are captained by state lawmakers. The series of contests is part of the "Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer" campaign organized by the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to raise money for breast cancer research.

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