Buddy Check 6 Program
University Breast Health Center
Professional Office Building 2
818 St. Sebastian Way, Suite 205
706/774-4141 or toll free 866/774-4141
Click here to register for Buddy Check 6sm.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States. About one in eight women across the United States will be found to have invasive breast cancer this year. But more and more women are surviving because of earlier detection and improved treatment.
If breast cancer is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body, the chance of a cure is greater than 85 percent.
Because early detection is so important, University's Breast Health Center has teamed up with News Channel 6 and area Dillard's stores to bring you the Buddy Check 6 program -- a community outreach initiative designed to encourage women to take an active role in detecting breast cancer early.
University's Buddy Check 6 Program Is Simple and Free
This program is made possible in part by the generous support of News Channel 6 and area Dillard's stores. It's as simple as 1-2-3 to get started with University's Buddy Check 6 program.
1. Choose a buddy- a friend, sister, mother or coworker.
2. Place Buddy Check 6 stickers on your calendar as a reminder for your monthly breast self-exam (BSE). Do your exam on the sixth of every month if you no longer have a period. Otherwise, it is recommended that you do BSE a week after you period.
3. On the sixth of every month, check with your buddy to make sure she's doing her monthly exam. Also remind each other to schedule the recommended clinical breast exam and mammogram if either is 40 or older. Yearly mammograms are covered by Medicare and most insurance companies.
Your Buddy Check 6 Enrollment Package Will Include the Following Helpful Resources for You and Your Buddy:
- Handy monthly stickers for your calendar and a bookmark with instructions for a proper BSE
- Reminders for BSE, clinical exams and mammography
- Buddy Check 6 identification card that may be used for a free Aveda service at the Dillard's Salon. If you make a Dillard's purchase on the 6th, you will be entered into a drawing to receive your purchase for free, up to $100.
Guidelines for Breast Health
The following three-part program is recommended by respected health organizations including the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
1. Monthly breast self-exam
2. Clinical breast exams
- Age 20 to 40 -- every three years
- After age 40 -- every year
- Baseline mammogram -- age 40
- After age 40 -- every year Women with a family history of breast cancer should seek guidance from their physician on when to begin receiving mammography screenings.
Warning Signs of Breast Cancer
- Breast lump or thickening
- Bleeding or discharge from the nipple
- Change in breast shape or contour
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin
- Inflamed reddish appearance of the breast
- Retraction or scaliness of the nipple
A breast lump or any other suspicious sign should be checked by a physician as soon as possible. Many women delay seeing a physician when they discover a lump, even though three-fourths of all breast lumps are benign. If a lump does turn out to be cancer, early diagnosis and treatment give women the best possible chance for a cure. If you need assistance in locating a physician, call the University Breast Health Center at 706/774-4141 or toll free at 866/774-4141.
Buddy Check 6 Is Sponsored by:
Tune in at 6 p.m. on the sixth of every month for a special Buddy Check 6 feature that includes encouraging stories from breast cancer survivors as well as information on the leatest diagnostic tests and treatment options. News Channel 6 also reminds women across the C.S.R.A. to perform their monthly breast self-exams.
Area Dillard's stores have joined in the fight against breast cancer by offering a convenient location for women to have a screening mammogram. The University digital Mobile Mammography Unit will be on site at area Dillard's stores on the sixth of each month. Click here for a schedule.