Buddy Check 10: Accountability saves lives

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but it is important to fight breast cancer year around. The 10th of every month is Buddy Check 10 brought to you by Central Care Cancer Center. KAKE News caught up with one woman who is organizing an event to celebrate survivors and remember those lost to breast cancer.

"We tend to like to say what we don't know, won't hurt us, but what we don't know will kill us." Michele Vann said. 

Vann sat down with KAKE News at Twisted Java in Wichita to talk about why she is so passionate about fighting breast cancer.

"Where it kind of hit me was my husband's aunt had breast cancer and kind of let it go. Didn't really want anyone to know and then by the time we were all aware of it, it was too late," Vann said.

Vann decided to organize a breast cancer brunch to remind women the importance of getting checked.

"It is kind of a way for us to come in and to celebrate those that have recovered and to kind of give some some praise, i guess to people that have passed on," Vann said.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. Yet, women who are older, African-American or Hispanic, poor, residing in rural areas, and medically under served are disproportionately affected by breast cancer. 

"I've asked ladies when was the last time you had a physical, when was the last time you had a mammogram, if you have to have to go 'mmmm?', it's probably been too long," Vann said.

Vann believes having a buddy to remind you to check yourself is important.

"Assigning accountability partners; who's going to be your person? Who is going to say 'hey, when did you go get it?, do I need to take you, do I need to provide transportation?' What do I need to do to help you get there," Vann said.

Click here if you would live more information on the breast cancer brunch organized by Vann and held in partner with Sistahs Can We Talk.