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Panama City, Fla. -

Doctors recommend monthly self breast exams once a woman reaches her 20s.  The key is to look for changes.  Noticing changes could save your life.

Julie Sanders is a nurse and found a lump during a self-exam. It was removed with good results. Then just last year, a routine mammogram found breast cancer.

"If you find these things early, you can be a survivor," said Sanders.

Dr. George Reiss says the best way to protect yourself is prevention.

He explains, "Prevention is being proactive in terms of self exams and then getting a clinical exam and after age 40 getting mammograms on an annual basis."

Doctors recommend doing a self exam at the same time every month.  You should look in the mirror to notice any changes in the size or shape of the breasts, and then feel for lumps while standing up and lying down by using the tips of your fingers.  Doctors also stress the importance of not ignoring any suspicious lumps.

News 13 wants to help remind you to do your monthly self-exams with Buddy Check 13.  On the 13th of each month, you will receive an email reminder or text alert to do your self breast exam.

Simply sign up by looking for Buddy Check 13 under the news tab or text "Buddy" to 2-1-3-2-1.

On October 27th, you can join the Buddy Check 13 Team for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Aaron Bessant Park. Registration is at 7 a.m. and the 5K walk starts at 8 a.m. The link to our team page is here.