It’s October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of us know at least one person that has been affected by breast cancer, either a family member or a friend.
Let’s take a look at some inspirational Hollywood stars that have battled breast cancer.
Angelina Jolie, 37, shocked us all when she revealed that she had undergone an elective double mastectomy because she carries a “faulty” gene, BRCA1, that took the life of her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, at the age of 56. Jolie wrote in her New York Times article, “I hope that other women can benefit from my experience.”
Australian pop star Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in 2005, having surgery and chemotherapy. The singer opened up about her cancer battle last year, stating, “Over time, people have a tendency to forget about it. Not me. A day does not go by without me thinking about it. Just looking in a mirror is enough – the scars are moral and physical. ‘There are days when I feel an incredible anger, others when I say that I was very lucky in my misfortune.”
“I’m Outta Love” singer Anastacia, 45, has undergone a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. She made the news public as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Anastacia said in a statement, “In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month l wanted to take the opportunity to support a cause particularly close to my heart. I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time earlier this year and am currently in the final stages of recovery after undergoing a double mastectomy. It has been an intense journey but l am feeling great and ready to start the next chapter”.
The inspiring singer adds, “Breast Cancer Awareness Month gives all who are facing this disease a chance to gain strength and support from each other. Early detection has saved my life twice. I will continue to battle and lend my voice in anyway I can”.
Christina Applegate discovered a lump in her left breast in 2008 and was prescribed radiation treatment. But after testing positive for the breast cancer gene, the actress decided to have a double mastectomy before having reconstructive surgery.
The former “Married With Children” star is cancer-free and welcomed a daughter in 2011 with husband Martyn Lenoble.
E! News host Giuliana Rancic revealed in 2011 that she was battling breast cancer, and successfully underwent a double mastectomy. In 2012, she and husband Bill Rancic welcomed a son named Duke into the world via surrogate.
Giuliana said, “Once I had the baby, I couldn’t think about [cancer] 100 times a day. In many ways, Duke’s been my salvation. I just don’t have time to think about it. I just have to focus, stay positive and stay alive for my baby.”
“Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in 2007. She was cancer-free in 2008, but was later diagnosed with a rare blood and bone marrow disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome. “Sometimes treatment for cancer can lead to other serious medical issues and that’s what I’m facing right now,” Roberts said. After a bone marrow transplant and radiation, she is doing well!
Singer Melissa Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. She performed at the 2005 Grammy Awards bald after going through chemotherapy, hoping to inspire other cancer survivors. Melissa has remained cancer-free.
Olivia Newton John
“Grease” star Olivia Newton John was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, the weekend her father had passed away of liver cancer. The singer said, “For a few weeks my world was in turmoil, but then I calmed down and started to fight back mentally. Deep down, there was always a tiny nugget of hope inside me that said ‘You’ll be okay. You’ll make it’, and that little voice kept me going.” She had a mastectomy and has remained cancer free since.
“X Factor” judge Sharon Osbourne, also known as Mrs. Ozzy Osbourne, had a preventative double mastectomy in 2012 because she carries the cancer gene.
Sharon had battled colon cancer a decade prior and wasn’t taking any chances. She said, “As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought: ‘The odds are not in my favor’. I’ve had cancer before and I didn’t want to live under that cloud: I decided to just take everything off, and had a double mastectomy. I didn’t even think of my breasts in a nostalgic way, I just wanted to be able to live my life without that fear all the time.”
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of screening and the early detection of breast cancer. One in eight women in the United States will have breast cancer at some point in her life.
Many women can survive breast cancer if it’s discovered and treated early.