Buddy Check 25: Advice from Dr. Oz

By WEEK Producer

November 25, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 2:12 AM CDT

It's the 25th of the month...the day we remind you to do your breast-self-exam and encourage you to call or text a friend to remind them to do the same.

This month, Dr. Oz talks to Gina Morss about the importance of catching the disease in its earliest stages.

When talk show host and surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz volunteered at a free health clinic in Los Angeles he never imagined the medical crisis with which he would be confronted.

"Seeing a woman, Yvonne, who not only had she lost her health insurance, but she'd also lost her will to live I think," says Dr. Mehmet Oz . "She'd given up, didn't think there was any option out there and that hurts me as an American, but also as a doctor, to think that people might not think they matter enough to get cared for."

Dr. Oz shares that frustration with viewers in an upcoming episode called "America's Health Crisis: Healing the Uninsured.
During the episode he introduces viewers to Yvonne, a woman who had a tumor so advanced that it was eroding though her breast.

"When you get people to recognize as we did on the show today, what would have happened to my kids if I hadn't listened to my body?
Breast cancer is probably the best example of that because many times women will feel it themselves first, especially young women. Well if you don't act on that instinct then you're hurting the people around you as much as you are hurting yourself. So, that's the real call to action."

Caught early, whether through mammography or breast self-exam, breast cancer is more than 90-percent cureable...caught late? ...Stage four...less than 25-percent. And Yvonne? Dr. Oz is helping her get treatment and cautiously optimistic about her prognosis.

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