ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Runners, listen up.
There's still time to sign up for WALB's Buddy Check 10K race.
It's going on at Chehaw Park Saturday morning at 10.
WALB's Buddy Check program encourages you to call a friend or relative on the 10th day of each month to remind them to do a breast self-exam.
Oncologists in South Georgia said breast self-examination is one of the most common ways their patients find out they have cancer.
Up to 40% of patients visit their doctors about masses they found on their own.
Dr. Chirag Jani emphasized that early detection is key, but many women get caught up in their routine lives that they may forget how important one self-check can be.
He said women know their own bodies best and should look for any abnormalities to bring up to their physicians.
"There could be many reasons, which could be non-cancer, but it still needs to be addressed," said Dr. Jani. "The best thing would be to be aware of the breast cancer diagnosis and do the breast self-exam."
Registration is $35 with proceeds going to the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia.
If you pre-registered to run, you can pick up your packets Friday from noon until 5 at the WALB station.
You can still sign up online at walb.com.