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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Felisha Bailey is one smart cookie. So is her husband.

At age 36 Felisha says she started paying extra close attention to Buddy Check 12. She said she knew it was important "just in case" it ever happened to her.

She felt a knot in her breast. It wasn't hard like a rock. It wasn't mushy like fresh bread. It felt more, she says, like the bud on an artificial flower arrangement -- firm.

Her family says they started praying right away and it didn't take long to have the confidence that all would turn out well for Felisha.

First, the army veteran and mom is a strong woman, they say.

Second, she caught her breast cancer early -- stage 1.

Felisha says, "Thank God." She gives a lot of credit to Buddy Check 12. Of course, Felisha is the one who called the doctor within 48 hours of finding her lump.

So the advice to men? No matter how a lump feels -- big or small -- hard or soft---tell your wife or girlfriend if it seems to feel different to you.

Remember, most lumps aren't cancer. But you don't know for sure until doctors do a biopsy or feel sure about a radiology test, such as a sonogram or mammogram.

If you want a free Buddy Check 12 kit, call our Buddy Check partner, Baptist Health. The kits will be mailed to you at no charge. The number is: 904-202-CARE.

If Buddy Check has helped you, Jeannie Blaylock would love to talk with you. Her email is: jblaylock@firstcoastnews.com

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