Cancer devastates families, communities, and populations around the world. It is a long, rough battle, and it doesn’t always end in a victory march. Although there is no cure, some are lucky enough to enter remission and get a second lease on life. Cancer survivors are strong and courageous, with battle scars and stories to showcase their strength.
This disease does not discriminate against fortune or fame, and some celebrities have lived to tell the tale. These 12 stars have all suffered from breast cancer, and their diagnoses prove that this deadly disease can strike without warning. Number 2 will inspire you to get your next mammogram as soon as possible!
12. Giuliana Rancic’s Routine Exam Wasn’t So Routine
Rancic is known to be a well-dressed and put-together television personality. Owning an extensive wardrobe is nothing but routine for this beauty, but one routine breast exam changed her perspective on everything. She was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer after receiving a mammogram in 2011, and she later went on to undergo a double lumpectomy and a double mastectomy. These surgeries have saved Rancic and other women in the spotlight, such as the woman in slide #9.
11. Maura Tierney Turned A Setback Into A Comeback
Time wasn’t on Tierney’s side. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 44 in 2009, just as she was gearing up to debut the NBC sitcom Parenthood.She took a break from the silver screen to undergo a mastectomy and chemotherapy but came back swinging by winning a Golden Globe in 2016. Tierney proves there is hope, only if preventative measures are taken seriously.
10. Cancer In The City For Cynthia Nixon
Nixon is known as the realistic pal Miranda on Sex and the City, but one mammogram left her fleeing the spotlight to cope with her breast cancer diagnosis. She underwent a lumpectomy and began radiation in 2006. It wasn’t until two years later that she became public about her condition. Nixon’s mother also suffered from the disease, and several other stars found themselves susceptible to a family history of cancer. Slide #9 wasn’t taking any chances.
9. Christina Applegate’s Preventative Care Secured Her Survival
Applegate’s mother was a breast cancer survivor, so this actress knew the drill. She always got her mammograms in a timely manner and in 2008 her diligence caught her breast cancer in the early stages. Applegate went through multiple surgeries, such as a lumpectomy, radiation therapy, and then a double mastectomy. Applegate took the necessary steps to prevent her cancer from spreading, and some stars take a prevention a few steps even further. Slide #8 is super powerful!
8. Angelina Jolie Is A Fighter On And Off Set
Angelina Jolie is a household name and her roles in movies such as Tomb Raider and Mr. and Mrs. Smith proves she is tough. Jolie was never diagnosed with breast cancer but underwent a double mastectomy in May of 2013 to prevent her from ever receiving a diagnosis. Jolie found out that she carries a gene called BRCA1, which puts her at an 87% risk of developing breast cancer. The next star was just as tough when protecting her health.
7. Wanda Sykes Isn’t Joking Around When It Comes To Health
Sykes may be hilarious, but she doesn’t think breast cancer is any laughing matter. After being diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ during breast reduction surgery in 2011, Sykes decided to undergo a double mastectomy in order to stop breast cancer right in its tracks. Preventive surgery is a step many celebrities have decided to take in order to take control of their health, and the next woman came forward with her powerful story.
6. Kathy Bates Isn’t Giving Into Misery
Actress Kathy Bates has had a long-time relationship with cancer. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003 and then breast cancer in 2012, and she decided to undergo a double mastectomy to prevent cancer from ever returning. Her only regret? She revealed that she wished she was more open about her battles with cancer to the public. The celebrity on the next slide wasn’t as open to accepting help.
5. Suzanne Somers Shied Away From Traditonal Treatment
Suzanne Somers has tried it all, but once diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 she decided to refuse chemotherapy. This actress, author, and overall businesswoman turned to alternative forms of treatment, such as herbal remedies, exercise, and a balanced diet. She was told she had inoperable cancer in 2009, but later found out she was misdiagnosed. The star on slide #4 also received a life-saving second opinion.
4. Kylie Minogue Trusted Her Life-Saving Intuition
Minogue was diagnosed with a benign tumor in her breast in 2005. Her doctor told her she had nothing to worry about, but that didn’t sit well with this Australian singer and actress. A second opinion revealed cancer, and after chemotherapy she entered remission in 2008. It’s never too late to get a screening, and the next celebrity knows this all too well.
3. Melissa Etheridge Was Screened Just In Time
Etheridge had Stage 2 breast cancer before her treatment even began in 2004. This American rock star began a treatment process that included a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation, and she entered remission in 2005. Etheridge went the Grammys in 2005 bald and beautiful. She set an example for women who have to undergo multiples surgeries to beat the disease, like her close friend on slide #2.
2. Sheryl Crow Made Time For A Life-saving Mammogram
This popular singer and songwriter’s schedule is packed with performances, which leaves little time for breast cancer screenings. Crow almost missed a mammogram but found the time to make it happen, and this is when she received her breast cancer diagnosis. With help from other survivors such as her friend Melissa Etheridge, she made it through. She can soak up the sun because of the support she received to take control of her health, but the next star wasn’t so lucky.
1. Carly Simon’s Shameful Secret Almost Took Her Life
This 70’s singing icon was diagnosed with breast cancer when it was still not widely understood. Simon was actually told to not go through with surgery, and she lived with a lump in her breast for years before seeking treatment. She decided to receive a mastectomy and chemotherapy between 1997 and 1998, and she admits she wishes she went through with treatment earlier in her life. The star showcases that treatment is vital, no matter the circumstance!
These stars sure know how to fight, and their breast cancer survival stories showcase their bravery and perseverance. It isn’t easy being in the limelight constantly, but these women use their stardom as a platform to spread awareness about breast cancer and the importance of preventative screening. Regular checkups and breast cancer screenings can be life-saving, for women of all ages and backgrounds. Comment your survival story to empower other women to take control of their health, and be sure to share this post to remind your friends and family to schedule their next mammogram. It could save a life!