JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Is getting your mammogram enough?
Is just betting your odds of getting breast cancer are so low you don't need to do a self a smart idea?
NO. It's, well, stupid, actually.
Just ask our five Buddy Check 12 success stories this month.
Jill Weigand is a labor and delivery nurse who was diagnosed at age 37. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Orange Park.
Jill says six months prior to her diagnosis a mammogram indicated no problems. But she felt lumps in her breast.
She typically has lumpy breasts, but this felt differently during a self exam. It wasn't like "cold mashed potatoes," but more like a hard pea with little hard sunflower seeds around it, she said.
She's smiling her magazine-cover smile now and feeling great.
Gertrude Neff is a peppy grandmother who did Buddy Check 12. She encourages everyone now to do self exams. On a scale of 1-10 she feels like a 15, she said.
Our other three success stories all work at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida.
Geri Jackson, Lori Morgan and Brenda Courson all credit Buddy Check with saving their lives. Their fellow employees at Blue Cross have been very supportive.
If you want a free Buddy Check 12 kit, just call our partner, Baptist Health, at 904-202-CARE. The kits have reminder cards to hang in the shower.
If you can't afford a mammogram, call the Mammogram Hotline at 1-877-9-MY-MAMO. (1-877-969-6266)
First Coast News