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Christina Applegate 1 of 14This Up All Night actress was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. She underwent a double mastectomy within three weeks and was declared cancer-free one month after receiving her diagnosis. "I didn't want to go back to the doctor every four months for testing and squishing and everything. I just wanted to kind of get rid of this whole thing," the mother of one told ABC News. “Sometimes I cry. And sometimes I scream. And I get really angry. I think that it's all part
of the healing."
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Cynthia Nixon 2 of 14This Sex and the City star and mom of two experienced the hardships of breast cancer when her own mother battled it twice. Nixon herself was diagnosed in 2006 while performing in the off-Broadway play, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. She announced in a press statement, "As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, knowing my personal risk made me more aware and more empowered when I faced my own diagnosis." Nixon underwent a lumpectomy and radiation and announced she was cancer-free two years later.
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Sheryl Crow 3 of 14Since undergoing minimally invasive surgery and radiation treatments for Stage 1 breast cancer in 2006, the Grammy-winning mom of two has become one of the most outspoken breast cancer awareness advocates, even going so far as to fund the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center at the Pink Lotus Breast Center in California.
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Olivia Newton-John 4 of 14Terrified of going through chemotherapy after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, Newton-John pondered whether it made more sense to stick with alternative treatments. "One of my girlfriends said, 'Why would you want to risk even that one cancer cell? You have a child,' " Newton-John told CNN. The Grease star and mother of one underwent a modified radical mastectomy in addition to chemo, then later went on to found the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Center and Wellness Centre at Austin Hospital in Australia.
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Suzanne Somers 5 of 14The actress, mother of one, and best-selling author was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and sparked controversy when she opted for alternative treatment over chemotherapy. Her 2009 book, Knockout, explores options that patients might not find within a typical oncologist's office. Somers riled viewers up even more when she stated that chemo rather than pancreatic cancer is what killed actor Patrick Swayze.
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Anastacia 6 of 14The pop star and step-mother of two credits her doctor for catching breast cancer early. Before undergoing breast reduction surgery, the good doctor insisted that Anastacia have a routine mammogram to rule out any complications. Diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 29, Anastacia underwent a surgery to remove the cancer and was declared cancer-free shortly thereafter. "If there's anything I've learned from this," she stated, "it's to get a mammogram early."
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Carly Simon 7 of 14The "You're So Vain" singer was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997 and immediately underwent surgery to remove the tumor, followed by chemotherapy. Simon raised eyebrows when she told CNN, "There's a feeling that if this had been a man's disease, it would have been licked already." Simon has since stated that her battle with cancer "was one of the strongest periods of my life."
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Wanda Sykes 8 of 14This comedienne and mother of twins discovered her cancer while having breast reduction surgery. Diagnosed in February of 2011 with ductal carcinoma in situ in her left breast, Sykes underwent a double mastectomy and became a strong advocate for early detection. "I was very, very lucky because DCIS is basically stage zero cancer," the Curb Your Enthusiasm star admitted on Ellen. "So I was very lucky — but cancer is cancer."
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Melissa Etheridge 9 of 14Etheridge found a Stage 2 tumor in her breast while on tour in 2004. She cancelled her concerts and flew back to Los Angeles where she underwent surgery followed by rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. It wasn't until the rock star and mother of four performed at the Grammy's without hair that she officially became the new poster girl for survivors. Etheridge told MSNBC shortly after being declared cancer-free, "It was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. Chemotherapy tests your sanity. Yet there is an amazing clarity to it that I'm grateful for.”
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Linda Ellerbee 10 of 14The Today Show, 60 Minutes, and Good Morning America reporter found her lump during a self-exam in 1991. Her doctor told her it couldn't be cancer because the lump was painful. By 1992, Ellerbee's cancer was confirmed by mammogram, and she opted to have both breasts removed and undergo chemotherapy. "I still consider the trade of my breasts for my life to have been a fair one, and I know I survived in large part because of (relatively) early detection," she wrote to the LA Times. Ellerbee is still a staunch advocate for early detection and has butted heads with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's claims that women don't need to get mammograms until their 50's.
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Sandra Day O’Connor 11 of 14The landmark Supreme Court Justice and mother of three only missed two weeks of work to conquer breast cancer. Diagnosed in 1988, O'Connor didn't publicly reveal her disease until 1994, when she spoke about undergoing a mastectomy to the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.
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Edie Falco 12 of 14The Nurse Jackie star said that cancer helped her make the decision to have children. Falco discovered she had Stage 1 breast cancer in 2003, while working on The Sopranos. Deciding not to reveal it to the public, Falco endured chemotherapy in silence before announcing her diagnosis more than a year later. In 2004, she decided it was time to start a family, with or without a partner. "For years I’d been waiting to start a family, but surviving cancer has a way of making you reprioritize," Falco told Health.com. "I was 40, and I was single. But it was time. So I began the adoption process ... every cell in my body needed and wanted to be a mother."
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Betsey Johnson 13 of 14This famed designer was diagnosed with breast cancer but also kept it a secret from the public. “When I was first diagnosed, I made my daughter swear over my dead body that she would not tell," Johnson told The Washington Post. "After my surgery, we had to escape, we had to lie. I kept it completely private — we were coming out of the HIV/AIDS stigma for so many years, and for me it sort of overlapped." Today the fashionista mother of one maintains a line of products that raises awareness and funds for the cause. Products are available at Betseyjohnson.com.
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Dorothy Hamill 14 of 14The Olympic figure skating champion reported that three years after undergoing surgery and radiation therapy to remove the cancer, she still feels side effects. Diagnosed in 2007, the athletic mother of one is now a staple at breast cancer awareness fundraisers and has even launched her own line of jewelry to raise money for the cause.
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