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Zeta Tau Alpha was proud to team with the National Football League's "A Crucial Catch" campaign for the 2013 season and spread the message of breast cancer awareness to professional football fans. 

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Mammogram: Women age 40 and older should receive a mammogram every year unless told otherwise by her doctor. While mammograms can miss some cancers, they are still a very good way to find breast cancer.

Clinical breast exam: Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a regular exam by a health expert at least every three years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health expert every year. It might be a good idea to have the CBE shortly before the mammogram. You can use the exam to learn what your own breasts look and feel like.

Breast self-exam (BSE): BSE is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should be told about the benefits and limitations of BSE. Women should immediately report any changes in how their breasts look or feel to a health expert.

Research has shown that BSE plays a small role in finding breast cancer compared with finding a breast lump by chance or simply being aware of what is normal for each woman. If you decide to do BSE, you should have your doctor or nurse check your method to make sure you are doing it correctly. If you do BSE on a regular basis, get to know how your breasts normally look and feel so you can notice changes more easily.

Information courtesy of the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org

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Zeta Tau Alpha teamed with the Washington Redskins in 1999 for the very first National Football League Think Pink® game. Since then, we have partnered with all 32 NFL teams and have earned the title of official fan outreach partner for the NFL's "A Crucial Catch" campaign. In October 2013, with the help of the NFL and dedicated volunteers, ZTA distributed thousands of breast cancer awareness pink ribbons at NFL stadiums across the country. 

Here are the games where we held ribbon distributions in 2013. 

October 3:
Cleveland Browns

October 6:

Arizona Cardinals
Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals
Green Bay Packers
Indianapolis Colts
Miami Dolphins
New York Giants
Oakland Raiders
St. Louis Rams
Tennessee Titans

October 7:
Atlanta Falcons

October 13:
Buffalo Bills
Denver Broncos
Houston Texans
Kansas City Chiefs
Minnesota Vikings
New York Jets
Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Baltimore Ravens
New England Patriots

October 14:
San Diego Chargers

October 20:
Carolina Panthers
Washington Redskins
Pittsburgh Steelers
Jacksonville Jaguars

October 27:
New Orleans Saints
A Crucial Catch Thank you to ZTA Volunteers 

Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder, thanks the more than 2,500 ZTA sisters who volunteered at 28 "A Crucial Catch" NFL games in 2013. ZTA reached a milestone this season, distributing more than 5 million ribbons to NFL fans in 15 seasons of partnership. 

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Headquartered in Indianapolis, Zeta Tau Alpha was founded in 1898 at the State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Va., and has 163 active collegiate chapters and more than 225,000 members worldwide. One of the nation’s largest Greek women’s groups, ZTA develops members’ leadership, academic and service skills, and supports breast cancer education and awareness as its national philanthropy. Think Pink® is a registered trademark of Zeta Tau Alpha.