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Welcome to Buddy Check 4!

WTVY and SAMC have partnered to raise cancer awareness in our community through Buddy Check 4. One of the most important decisions each of us can make is to become our own health care advocate. Once a month, Live at Lunch will bring you Buddy Check 4, featuring interviews from local health experts and cancer survivors focusing on cancer prevention, early detection and tips on how you can stay cancer free. Tune in monthly to stay up to date on latest health news, services and events in the Wiregrass. We want to be your partner in good health.

If you have cancer, our Patient Navigators can help. Patient Navigators are men and women who spend each day helping cancer patients manage the challenges and barriers that their cancer journey brings. Their job is to be your go-to person when you need answers to questions, access to resources or when you just need someone to help you understand and coordinate next steps. Navigators are another benefit that SAMC brings to families fighting cancer.

For more information, call 793-8111 or visit

What is Buddy Check?

Buddy Check is a public service partnership with SAMC to promote cancer awareness by sharing the latest health news on prevention, early detection and new treatments for cancer. We encourage you to choose a buddy (family member, friend or co-worker) and encourage them to complete their annual health physicals and recommended cancer screenings.

The American Cancer Society recommends cancer screening guidelines for most adults. Screening tests are used to find cancer before a person has any symptoms. Getting screening tests regularly can help doctors find and treat several types of cancer early. Early detection is important because when cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat.

Log on to for American Cancer Society recommended screening guidelines

Cancer Support Groups

Our support groups provide emotional support to help patients cope with the physical and emotional challenges of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Pink Ambassadors

The Pink Ambassadors meet the first Friday of each month (except January, July and September) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the SAMC Doctors Building, 7th floor Conference Room. Please call Community Relations at 334-793-8107 to register.

I’m 2 Young 4 Breast Cancer

This support group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Women’s Center, third floor. Call Ladonna Danford, RN, Breast Health Navigator at 334-699-8111, ext. 8459 to register.

US-TOO Prostate Cancer (Wiregrass Chapter)

The Wiregrass Chapter of US-TOO Prostate Cancer meets the first Thursday of each month (except July) at 6 p.m. in the SAMC Doctors Building, 7th floor Conference Room. Call Community Relations at 334-793-8107 to register.

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Posted: 09/04/2018 - September is also Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. According to thyroid cancer is the most rapidly increasing cancer in the United States.

Posted: 09/04/2018 - September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Most women don't know they have the disease until it's too late.

Updated: 08/07/2018 - Mothers know when their baby is hungry, but what they may not know is whether to breast feed them or not.

Updated: 07/05/2018 - Soaking up the sun or using a tanning bed can do more than turn your skin a different shade. Doctors say it can put you at risk for skin cancer.

Updated: 07/04/2018 - World Hepatitis Day is coming up on July 28th. Hepatitis is a liver disease which causes inflammation.