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.
In 2007, Robin Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments and has since undergone a bone marrow transplant for MDS, or myelodysplastic syndrome.
- Age: 58
- Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama
In 2006, Cynthia Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer, only three years after her Sex and the City character, Miranda, was diagnosed with cancer on the show.
- Age: 54
- Birthplace: New York City, New York
In 2001, Suzanne Somers was diagnosed with breast cancer and received a lumpectomy and radiation treatment.
- Age: 73
- Birthplace: San Bruno, California
In 1992, Olivia Newton-John underwent a modified radical mastectomy and chemotherapy to combat breast cancer.
- Age: 72
- Birthplace: Cambridge, United Kingdom