Famous Breast Cancer Survivors

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Ever since Angelina Jolie elected to have a double mastectomy instead of facing an 87% risk of developing breast cancer, the topic of cancer awareness was once again front and center in the public eye. Far from being the first to act against the disease, Jolie joins an impressive roster of women who have fought back against breast cancer and won.

While there are other famous people who have died of breast cancer, these women have undergone radiation treatment, chemotherapy, and single and double mastectomies to triumph over disease. This list of notable breast cancer survivors is here to serve as an inspiration and warning for other women concerned with breast cancer.

As one of the leading causes of death in men and women, cancer is something celebrities like Angelina Jolie are encouraging people to be vigilant about in their health assessments. This list of famous breast cancer survivors is a testament to treatment and preventative checks saving lives.

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  1. Shannen Doherty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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    Beverly Hills 90210 star Shannen Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2015. A year later, she posted photos of herself shaving her head, another step in her battle to fight and beat the disease.

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    • Age: 44
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Author, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Charmed, Beverly Hills, 90210, Mallrats, Heathers
  2. Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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    In 2008, Christina Applegate was diagnosed with cancer in one breast and opted to have both removed in a double mastectomy.
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    • Age: 44
    • Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Married with Children, Up All Night, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Vacation
  3. Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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    In 2006, Sheryl Crow underwent seven weeks of radiation to eradicate suspicious calcifications in both breasts. 
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    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: Kennett, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Music Teacher, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Boyhood, K-PAX, Cars, Point Break
  4. Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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    In 2007, Robin Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments and has since (in 2012) undergone a bone marrow transplant for MDS, or myelodysplastic syndrome.
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    • Age: 55
    • Birthplace: Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Television producer
    • Credits: Good Morning America, Love & Basketball, He Got Game, Wide World of Sports 35th Anniversary Special
  5. Cynthia Nixon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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    In 2006, Cynthia Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer.
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    • Age: 49
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Sex and the City, Sex and the City, Amadeus, Sex and the City 2
  6. Suzanne Somers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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    In 2001, Suzanne Somers was diagnosed with breast cancer and received a lumpectomy and radiation treatment. 
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    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: San Bruno, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Author, Actor, Singer, Writer
    • Credits: Step by Step, Three's Company, She's the Sheriff, American Graffiti
  7. Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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    In 1992, Olivia Newton-John underwent a modified radial mastectomy and chemotherapy to combat breast cancer.
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    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Songwriter, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Grease, Face/Off, Olivia Down Under, Sordid Lives
  8. Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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    In 2004, Melissa Etheridge was diagnosed with cancer in her left breast and underwent a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment to battle the disease.
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    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Leavenworth, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Social activist
    • Credits: An Inconvenient Truth, The Devil's Own, Money Train, The Concert for New York City
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