By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

The Southeast Alabama Medical Center and WTVY have teamed up to fight cancer with a free cancer education and awareness program. Buddy Check 4 is free, easy to sign up and it could save your life or the life of someone you love.

Cindy Tanton, an Oncology Nurse Manager at SAMC says “We're so excited about Buddy Check 4 because it's going to allow us to communicate with individuals out in the community that have questions or concerns about their health.”

When you register online, you and your buddy will receive valuable tools and information that will enable you to educate yourselves and take charge of your health. All you have to do is find a buddy such as a family member, friend, or co-worker and on the 4th of each month you will receive a reminder via email or text message to call your buddy and remind each other to do a breast self-exam.

According to physicians, early detection is key to surviving a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Steven Stokes states “the one thing we emphasize to individuals is when you are screened and the cancer is detected very early you can have less morbid treatments. Our goal is to diagnose those cancers when they are better than 90 to 95 percent curable.”

Almost 1,300 wiregrass residents are diagnosed with cancer every year, as well as thousands of others who are touched by cancer through family and friends. Breast Cancer survivor, Kelli Hall says that “one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and for me that means that I was the one so seven of my friends are safe, the problem is we don't know which seven.” Until there is a cure for cancer, there is Buddy Check 4, helping to save lives one buddy at a time.

The Southeast Alabama Medical Center will be hosting a Buddy Check 4 welcome table at the hospital cafeteria every Wednesday in the month of October during lunch hours.

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  • by Cathy Location: Midland City on Oct 4, 2010 at 04:53 PM
    I watched your program at noon today about the importance of getting a yearly mammogram. While it was informative, what was left out of the conversation was the cost. There are many women in this area who don't have insurance or Medicaid or Medicare and this has to be something out of pocket. I think something that should be discussed between doctor and patient is the cost and the various programs that may be able to help. The programs are out there, but for some reason are not freely discussed. Why is that? If this screening is so important, why aren't more women made aware of the programs available to help?
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