WHAS11 Buddy Check: Take charge of your health


by Kelsey Starks


Posted on April 11, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 11 at 9:06 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- You've probably heard campaigns like "Go Pink," "Save the Tatas," and now were telling you about our "Buddy Check 11"

In just a few weeks, Chruchill Downs will become a sea of pink – horse race lovers will wear pink and  breast cancer survivors walk the track – all in support of breast cancer awareness.

But when all of the walks, campaigns and movements boil down, what does it all mean?  It can be a little confusing.

In an age of over-sharing, sometimes the things we need to talk more about the most just aren't being shared enough.

According to new recommendations, self exams incite more fear and false positives than actually detect cancer, but most doctors say you are still your best line of defense when it comes to breast cancer.

"Wouldn't you want to find out rather than not, and find it early? Because problems can come up within a year of mammogram and mammograms are not perfect," Dr. Robert Zoller with Kentucky One Health said.

The mammogram is still by far the best way to find out if you have breast cancer. Most doctors recommend you have it once a year after you turn 40, maybe earlier depending on your family history.

But far before that, you should be checking yourself. What you're looking for is any differences
That's why its important to start now so you know when something changes.

Despite what you might think cancer would feel like in your breast, it is usually painless and feels more like a marble than a lump.

“You can pull up a knuckle, a bone on your elbow, a BB, a hard thing, it stands out,” Zoller said.

Your doctor can help you come up with the best plan to check yourself, and a plan to get checked.

But we want you to find a buddy and talk about it and remind each other to get checked.

WHAS11 will help remind you and your buddy on the 11th of every month.we'll remind you on the 11th of every month.

Click here for more information about WHAS11's Buddy Check campaign and to sign up for text and email reminders.