October is a month dedicated to educating men and women across the country about breast cancer in an effort to find a cure. Numerous celebrities have been diagnosed with this terrible disease, and used their platform to raise money to fund continued research. Here are 10 celebrities who have battled and won their fight against breast cancer:
Crow was diagnosed with breast cancer just after she ended her engagement to Lance Armstrong in 2006. She underwent a lumpectomy and radiation treatment. She maintains a healthy lifestyle in an effort to prevent the cancer from returning. Crow was and remains involved in advocating for education and fundraising to research a cure.
Famous author of books like “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” Blume was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 at age 74. She had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Blume kept a blog of her experience, and says that her friends got her through her treatment.
Diagnosed in 2007 with early stage breast cancer, Roberts underwent chemotherapy and remained cancer free. However, she announced in 2013 that as a result of the cancer treatment, she had been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome. Roberts received further chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant to treat the disease.
Rancic was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 after having a mammogram while undergoing in vitro fertilization. She had a double lumpectomy and radiation, but later underwent a double mastectomy to ensure the cancer did not spread. Rancic returned to her position on E! and has remained vocal about her experience and overcoming cancer ever since.
Beating cancer once is hard enough, but Bates has beat it twice. She beat ovarian cancer in 2003, and announced in 2012 that she had beaten breast cancer. Bates underwent a double mastectomy for treatment and did not require radiation or chemotherapy.
Applegate has a history of breast cancer in her family, as her mom battled the disease twice. Doctors discovered Applegate’s cancer in one breast in 2008, and she opted for a double mastectomy and a drastic change in lifestyle to increase her chance of survival because of her family history. She now participates in events to raise money for breast cancer education and research and founded Right Action For Women to support women who are at a high risk for the disease.
After announcing her diagnosis in 2007, Kotb allowed cameras to document her treatment to educate women on the importance of early detection and to show the reality of cancer treatment. She underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, and has since remained cancer free.
Best known for her role as Miranda Hobbes in Sex and the City, Nixon was not originally public about her diagnosis. She started to talk about it two years post lumpectomy and radiation in an effort to educate women. Nixon has been an ambassador for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation since 2008, and advocates for continued research and education.