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Famous Breast Cancer Survivors  

Lawrence Wong
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Ever since Angelina Jolie elected to have a double mastectomy instead of facing an 87 percent 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 from 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.

 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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On September 28, 2017, Julia Louis-Dreyfus said she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She shared the news in a matter-of-fact tweet:

 

 

Her colleagues and friends expressed their support for her.

Shannen Doherty is listed (or ranked) 2 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.

Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 3 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.
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 4 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. 
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 5 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.
Cynthia Nixon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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In 2006, Cynthia Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Suzanne Somers is listed (or ranked) 7 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. 
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 8 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.
Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 9 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.
Giuliana Rancic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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In 2011, Giuliana Rancic received a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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In 2006, Kylie Minogue underwent a partial mastectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy to remove a lump in her left breast.
Edie Falco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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In 2003, Edie Falco was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent treatment, coming out cancer free in 2004.
Jaclyn Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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In 2002, Jaclyn Smith underwent a lumpectomy and radiation treatment for breast cancer.
Diahann Carroll is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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In 1998, Diahann Carroll underwent a lumpectomy and radiation treatments in her battle against breast cancer.

Zoraida Sambolin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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In 2013, Zoraida Sambolin was diagnosed with breast cancer and has elected to receive a double mastectomy.
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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In 2012, Kathy Bates was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.
Maura Tierney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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In 2009, Maura Tierney was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy to combat the illness.
Shirley Temple is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
Died at 85 (1928-2014)

In 1972, Shirley Temple Black, believed to be the first celebrity to publicly speak of her battle with cancer, received a mastectomy.

Gloria Steinem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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In 1986, Gloria Steinem was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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In 2011, Wanda Sykes was diagnosed with breast cancer and elected to receive a double mastectomy. 
Kim Novak is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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In 2010, Kim Novak received treatment for a breast cancer diagnosis.
Betsey Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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In 1999, Betsey Johnson was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Hoda Kotb is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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In 2007, Hoda Kotb underwent a mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis.

Carly Simon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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In 1997, Carly Simon was diagnosed with breast cancer and received treatment.
Brigitte Bardot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Breast Cancer Survivors
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In 1983, Brigitte Bardot was diagnosed with breast cancer.