Celebrities who have had breast cancer


Breast cancer remains one of the most common forms of cancer among women, surpassed only by skin cancers. Anyone, even men, can get breast cancer, but gender, age and hereditary factors do put some at greater risk than others.
Many famous women have bravely battled breast cancer. The following are just a few of the famous women who made their battles with breast cancer public.
• Christina Applegate: Applegate underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in 2008. She continues to be a source of inspiration for other breast cancer patients and survivors.
• Sheryl Crow: Even before her own diagnosis in 2006, Crow was raising money and awareness for cancer. Crow had radiation therapy and minimally invasive surgery and has since been cancer-free.
• Cynthia Nixon: Popular television actress Nixon originally kept her cancer diagnosis private. But she shared her story two years after diagnosis and is now a breast cancer awareness advocate.
• Giuliana Rancic: Talk-show host Rancic had a double mastectomy in 2012. She shared her story to help other women and provide inspirational hope.
• Judy Blume: The famed young adult author was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, 17 years after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.
• Olivia Newton-John: The actress and singer discovered breast cancer in 1992 and took a hiatus for surgery and chemotherapy. She has since been an advocate for breast cancer awareness so other women can see the importance of early detection.
• Dame Maggie Smith: Renowned British Actress Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 while filming her sixth appearance as Professor McGonagall in the “Harry Potter” series. She continued to work on the movie while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.
• Wanda Sykes: Comedienne Sykes revealed that she had a double mastectomy in 2011 after doctors found evidence of early-stage breast cancer in her left breast.
• Robin Roberts: The “Good Morning America” anchor was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in 2007.