Too many of us know family members or friends who have been diagnosed or affected by breast cancer. The American Cancer Societyreports that in the United States alone, one in eight women are expected to develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetimes. And women aren’t the only ones affected. More than 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the U.S. Fortunately, the mortality rate from breast cancer has declined due to improved treatment and early detection. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, if breast cancer is detected early at a localized stage, the five-year survival rate is 100%.

This October, it’s time to “think pink” for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At CTEH®, we’re helping spread the word to raise awareness and encourage early detection. For women who are ages 50 to 74 years old, the Centers for Disease Control recommends getting a mammogram every two years. It also encourages women to be aware of the following warning signs:

•New lump, hard knot or thickening in the breast or underarm

•Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast

•Irritation or dimpling of the breast skin

•Pulling in or pain in the nipple area

•Nipple discharge that starts suddenly

•Change in size or shape of the breast

•Itchy sore or rash on nipple

•Pain in one area that does not go away

Warning signs are not the same for all women. In most cases, these changes do not indicate cancer. However, if a woman experiences any of these signs, she should contact her doctor or local healthcare provider. To find a mammogram facility nearest you, you can also visit

We hope you’ll join CTEH® in being a part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Create your early detection plan through the National Breast Cancer Foundation or check out Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s website for ways you can get involved.