Watch the stories of women battling and surviving breast cancer, then arm yourself and your loved ones with the knowledge that can save lives.

About this series: Gannett and USA TODAY are combining resources with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to raise awareness about breast cancer and the life saving benefits of early detection.

During the month of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the National Breast Cancer Foundation is kicking off its “Early Detection Plan.”

The best thing you can do to fight cancer is to have and follow a plan that helps you detect it in its early stages.