The local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was held at Heritage Square in Waco Saturday morning.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is considered the largest series of breast cancer awareness events in the world. And, cities all across the United States participate by organizing their own walks and runs. You can find a race by clicking here.

Roughly one in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer during her life, according to national statistics. And, although death rates have decreased since the 1980s -- due primarily to advances in treatment and early detection -- more than 40,000 women are expected to die because of the disease this year.

As recent research has shown, the cost of treating breast cancer varies greatly, and the medical bills can cause personal bankruptcy for some patients. That makes it even more imperative that we find a cure for the disease quickly.

If you'd like to donate to breast cancer research, please click here.

Doctors recommend women over the age of 40 start considering mammograms to screen for breast cancer. Here are recommendations and information from the American Cancer Society. However, you should always consult with your own doctor before moving forward.

Channel Six was a proud sponsor of this year's event in Waco. It raised more than $22,000 dollars to battle breast cancer, according to early online figures. We will provide updated fundraising numbers on Channel Six News: Weekend Edition Saturday at 6 and 10 p.m. Approximately 1,200 people were registered for Saturday's race.

Texas Today hosts Kris Radcliffe, Lisa Hutson and morning meteorologist Meagan Massey all participated in the event.