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With October being awareness month for breast cancer, Institute for Plastic Surgery wants to remind you about some things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from this devastating illness. Let us be stronger and fight together against breast cancer.

Breast cancer has some very sobering statistics associated with it. Each year there are over 1,000,000 new cases of breast cancer, and nearly half a million die from the illness. Since we can’t outright cure cancer yet, detecting and treating it early is the best way to combat this terrible disease.

At the same time each month, you should do a self-examination of your breasts. Your breasts can change a little during the month, so doing it at the same time will provide consistency. As you get to know your breasts better, you’ll be able to notice a new lump or abnormality. If you do, call your doctor right away and get it examined and get a mammogram. It’s better to be safe now than sorry later.

Band together with your friends in this fight. We are much stronger together. Remind them to examine themselves and to visit their doctors regularly. Ask your doctor about ways you can help. Post to social media. This is a long and hard fight, but we can get through it if we fight together.

Dr. Otis Allen and our Institute for Plastic Surgery team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about how you can help. Call our office in Bloomington, Illinois, to talk with our team.