Buddy Check 10

Buddy Check is a simple reminder that a regular breast self-exam is an important step for the early detection of breast cancer.

Here's how it works:

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 Tennova at 1-855-836-6682 or visit www.tennova.com.
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.

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

    American Cancer Society Guidelines For Breast Health      

  • 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

    Buddy Check E-mail List
    Sign your buddy up for a monthly reminder from WBIR.COM. Click here

    Text Alerts
    Sign up to receive monthly text alert reminders. Click here.

    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 by 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.

    To schedule a mammogram at any Tennova facility, call (865) 545-7771 or 1-866-645-7771. For more information visit www.tennova.com.

    Tennova Locations Offering Digital Mammography:
    North Knoxville Medical Center
    Women's Imaging and Cancer Centers
    7551 Dannaher Drive
    Powell, TN 37849

    Turkey Creek Medical Center
    10820 Parkside Drive
    Knoxville, TN 37934

    Physicians Regional Medical Center
    900 E. Oak Hill Avenue
    Knoxville, TN 37917

    7323 Chapman Highway
    Knoxville, TN 37920

    Jefferson Memorial Hospital
    110 Hospital Drive
    Jefferson City, TN 37760

    Newport Medical Center
    435 Second Street
    Newport, TN 37821

    LaFollette Medical Center
    923 East Central Avenue
    LaFollette, TN 37766

    Tennessee Cancer Specialists
    North Knoxville Medical Center
    7551 Dannaher Drive
    Powell, TN 37849
    P: 865-637-9330 F: 865-859-7222
    Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

    To receive your Free Buddy Check packet call Tennova at 1-855-836-6682.

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    Buddy Check: Prone position for radiation

    3:31 PM, Apr 12, 2013

    Surgery is often the first step in fighting breast cancer. But the therapies that follow have risks of their own.  New research shows women treated with radiation are more likely to develop heart problems. But a Knoxville doctor has an option to avoid over exposure.

    Buddy Check: A mother of three fights for her life

    5:18 PM, May 11, 2012

    Tomorrow is never guaranteed.

    As we near Mother's Day this weekend, that phrase could not be closer to the truth for one family.

    A seemingly healthy Knoxville mother of two, found out she had breast cancer while pregnant with her third child.

    Buddy Check: 10News' Allison Bybee remembers her mother

    11:11 AM, May 11, 2012

    As Mother's Day approaches, our minds just naturally gravitate to our mothers and all they do for us. 10News reporter Allison Bybee learned to be strong by example as she watched her mother battle breast cancer. 

    Buddy Check: Gale Compton's Cookbook

    8:01 PM, Apr 10, 2012

    Most people with cancer can easily say the disease changed their lives.   Gale Compton will go as far as to say cancer changed her life for the better.  From fitness to food, she has undergone a transformation.

    Buddy Check: Missy climbs a mountain

    11:33 AM, Nov 11, 2011

    We first met Missy Pointer this past summer as she was wrapping up treatment. Since then, she has experienced things most of us could only dream of doing.

    Buddy Check: "Think Pink" party

    9:58 PM, Oct 10, 2011

    A Knoxville woman didn't have to look far for inspiration, her 101-year-old great grandmother is reason enough. The signature color for a the "Think Pink" party is of course Pink. However, there is a point to this pastel, it is meant to make the guests think about breast cancer.

    Buddy Check: Update with Father Xavier Mankel

    4:15 PM, Oct 7, 2011

    Thirteen Years ago 10News told the story of a man diagnosed with breast cancer, Father Xavier Mankel.

    Buddy Check: Update on Dottie Arnett

    3:16 PM, Oct 5, 2011

    Dottie wrapped up weeks of chemotherapy this past summer and is back teaching at Sequoyah Elementary School.

    Buddy Check: Joni Eareckson Tada

    7:53 PM, Aug 10, 2011

    Nationally known evangelist Joni Eareckson Tada didn't let a diving accident that left her paralyzed, slow her down.  She has inspired millions and shared her message of faith from her wheelchair for four decades.  Now, she is facing another life challenge, breast cancer. 

    Buddy Check: Buddy Check Ten Buddies

    8:51 PM, Jun 10, 2011

    As part of our  breast cancer awareness program  "Buddy Check Ten" we encourage women to do monthly breast self exams.  Missy Pointer and Karen Larabee  started the program  more than a year ago and for Missy it's proved to be potentially life saving.

    Buddy Check: Bosom Buddies

    7:39 PM, May 10, 2011

    Two Knoxville women have added a standing date to their do-to list. From the first time they crossed paths, it was an instant connection.

    Mercy North Breast Center Earns National Accreditation

    8:30 AM, Feb 3, 2011

    The Mercy Medical Center North Breast Center is the first breast center in the Knoxville area to earn accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) administered by the American College of Surgeons.

    Buddy Check: A Milestone in Janet's Journey

    5:18 PM, Jan 10, 2011

    As the new year begins, Janet Testerman reflects on the year past and marks a milestone in her battle with breast cancer.  January 25th  is the first anniversary of her diagnosis.  

    Buddy Check: Cancer gene bonds mother and daughter

    11:08 PM, Nov 10, 2010

    "Like mother, like daughter" -- Kimberly Chadwell wishes more than anything that wasn't case.  Her breast cancer diagnosis is leading her daughter, Brittany Hodge, to make a dramatic decision that could potentially save her life. 

    Local cancer center recommends annual mammograms at age 40

    8:33 PM, Oct 10, 2010

    East Tennessee's Mercy Health Partners sets the record straight with what they say are the correct guidelines to follow for breast cancer screening.