From funny gal comedian Wanda Sykes to Grease alum Olivia Newton-John, these 10 female celebs were diagnosed with breast cancer, made courageous treatment and preventive decisions and won the battle! And now, over the years, these celebs have come forward about their diagnosis and are now role models and advocates!
The singer and actress announced her diagnosis in 1992. She underwent a partial mastectomy and breast reconstruction. "My cancer scare changed my life," she says. "I'm grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life."
Jolie made the decision to have a double mastectomy after discovering she was carrying BRCA1. "My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer."
A tumor was only found in one breast but the actress decided to have a double mastectomy. And has since been involved in many breast cancer related fundraisers and groups.
The E! News star and red carpet host found out she had breast cancer during an in-vitro fertilization treatment in 2011. She then had a double lumpectomy, started radiation treatment, and later underwent a double mastectomy. "My husband was everything throughout the process - from getting diagnosed 'til today," she said of the experience.
Kathy Bates, 66, always plays strong roles in her films and even in her own life. Bates battled ovarian cancer in 2003 and breast cancer in 2012. After she recovered, she said, "My doctors have assured me I'm going to be around for a long time. I'm looking forward to getting back to work doing what I love to do."
Good Morning America anchor was diagnosed in 2007. She underwent treatment, chemotherapy and beat the disease! "I feel like I am a walking miracle," Roberts told People Magazine, earlier this year.
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The Harry Potter actress was diagnosed in 2008, while filming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. She had the lump removed, chemo and radiation, all while still filming the movie.
In 2001, Somers announced she had breast cancer and made headlines when she decided to forgo standard cancer treatment and opt for holistic and alternative methods instead. She wrote a book called Knockout to promote those methods instead of chemotherapy, which received much criticism from the American Cancer Society. "My only hope for survival was alternatives. But that was my decision, what I thought was best for me."
The famous young adult author said that breast cancer didn't run in her family. She ate healthy, didn't smoke or drink but was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. "My friends who've had breast cancer have been so helpful and supportive, I can never thank them enough," she wrote. "They got me through this. They were my inspiration. If we can do it, you can do it!"
Comedian Wanda Sykes was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. She had a low risk but opted for a double mastectomy. "I just wanted the best odds," Sykes told People Magazine in 2011. "I made my decision because I love life." She had a breast reduction in early 2011 and that’s when she found out she had a noninvasive type of breast cancer.
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