PITTSFIELD -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and festivities and awareness campaigns will be in full swing in the Berkshires over the next several days.

Upcoming events will allow people to raise awareness by wearing pink and purple hair extensions and then there is the American Cancer Society-sponsored "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" Walk.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, regardless of race or ethnicity, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Compared to the rest of the nation, Massachusetts has a lower mortality rate, but between 21.9 to 23.2 women die for every 100,000 people, according to the federal agency

Women age 40 and older are encouraged to have a mammogram every year.

There are many local and national resources to help women dealing with breast cancer.

Resources

Moments House -- A nonprofit where Berkshire County residents living with a cancer diagnosis can connect with information, support and therapy. 194 Fenn St, Pittsfield (413) 443-6800; www.momentshouse.org

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Berkshire Hematology Oncology -- A comprehensive medical oncology care center treating patients with cancer of all types and in all stages. 77 Hospital Ave, North Adams (413) 663-7212; 8 Conte Drive, Pittsfield; (413) 443-6000; www.berkshirehemonc.com

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Berkshire Medical Center's Women's Imaging Center -- The center has emerged as one of the region's largest radiology facility designed by and for women to advance their health. Medical Arts Building at Berkhsire Medical Center; (413) 447-2147; www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/breasthealth

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University -- One of the nation's leading centers for cancer research. www.dana-farber.org

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Susan G. Komen Foundation -- The national nonprofit is dedicated to education and research about causes, treatment and the search for a breast cancer cure. ww5.komen.org; www.
raceforthecure.org; www.komenmass.org

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American Cancer Society -- The nationwide health organization is a source of information and offers supports for those dealing with breast cancer. www.cancer.org.

Local events:

Today: Moments House will be offering pink/purple hair extensions from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost is $5 to benefit Moments House's free programs and services offered to Berkshire County families impacted by a cancer diagnosis.

Sunday: American Cancer Society's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" of Berkshire County. The walk is scheduled at Lee Premium Outlets in Lee. The 3-to-5-mile walk and goes around Lee Premium Outlets beginning at 9 a.m.