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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we want to help you do your part to protect yourself and those you love from this disease. This is a fight we all need to face together, so let’s work together for each other.

Each new year over 1 million women (and sometimes men) are diagnosed with breast cancer and almost 500,000 are killed by it. Right now we still don’t know enough about any form of cancer to cure it, so early detection and traditional treatments are our best tools for winning this fight.

You should do a self-examination of your breasts every month, at the same time of each month. Get to know them. Learn their shapes and how they feel. If you come across a new abnormality, don’t wait. Call your doctor right away and have them examine your breasts. They can order a sonogram or mammogram to get a closer look.

Breast cancer needs to be fought by all of us together. Remind your friends to examine themselves and to visit their doctors. Post to social media. Remind your doctor to talk to other women about it. Talk to husbands and remind them to speak to their wives. We’re all in this together.

Dr. Oliver P. Simmons and our Simmons Plastic Surgery team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about how you can help. Call our office in Lexington, South Carolina, to talk with our team.