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Buddy Check 12: Mammogram detects Stage 3 breast cancer from lump she 'could not feel'

If she hadn't gotten her mammogram, "I would not have known."

STARKE, Florida — A First Coast mother is beginning chemotherapy on Friday after a mammogram detected Stage 3 breast cancer from a lump she couldn't feel.

"I could not feel the lump," Kim Adams said. "[It was] two centimeters."

If she hadn't gotten her mammogram, "I would not have known."

Adams looks healthy and strong. She has already had a double mastectomy. She's not looking forward to her chemo treatments, but she knows it's necessary to fight it off.

Her daughter, Regan, "is [her] world." She is a fourth-grader who worries about her mother. Regan, as well as the rest of Adams' friends and family are cheering her on.

Credit: Adams

Adams tells all women, "Get your mammograms."  

Even though Adams could not feel her lumps, thousands of women are alive because they did self-exams. They are important, as well.

If you want a free Buddy Check 12 kit with a waterproof shower card to remind you about mammograms/self-exams, just call Baptist Health at 904-202-CARE.

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If Buddy Check helped you find your breast cancer, please email Jeannie Blaylock:   jblaylock@firstcoastnews.com