Learn about Buddy Check 10
Photo: Simmons, Rebecca
Author: WBIR Staff
Published: 12:27 PM EDT May 9, 2016
Updated: 1:25 PM EDT March 15, 2018
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Learn about Buddy Check 10

Chapter 1

Here's How It Works

Just three simple steps to better breast health

♥ Find A Buddy

Choose a family member, friend or coworker.

♥ Mark Your Calendar

On the 10th of each month, mark your calendar as a reminder.

♥ Call Your Buddy

Remind each other to do your breast self -exam.

If you find a lump, call your physician. If you need a physician, call Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center at 865.584.0291 or visit www.KnoxvilleBreastCenter.com.

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One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. It is the most common cancer in women in the U.S. 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%. Know the warning signs of breast cancer and the guidelines for breast health.

Chapter 2

The 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

Chapter 3

Guidelines for Breast Health

Physician Visits

A breast lump or any other suspicious sign should be checked by a physician as soon as possible. Many women delay seeing a doctor 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. In addition to seeing a physician to investigate symptoms of breast cancer, a woman should undergo a routine physical breast examination with her physician.


A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast taken with a special machine by trained technologists. Your breast will be positioned between two plastic plates and pressure is then applied to flatten the breast for a good, clear picture. Some discomfort may occur, but it only lasts a few seconds. A specially trained physician, called a radiologist, then reads the results of the procedure. For women with dense breast tissue a breast ultrasound will also be performed.

Chapter 4

Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center


1400 Dowell Springs Blvd, Suite 200

Knoxville, TN 37909

Visit KnoxvilleBreastCenter.com or call 865.584.0291 for more information.

Chapter 5

Buddy Check 10 Documents

Download them today!

  • Monthly Breast Self-exam
  • Clinical breast exams every three years for women 20-40 years of age
  • Clinical breast exams every year for women 40 years and older
  • Annual mammograms should begin at age 40

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