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Lawrence Wong
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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.


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.

Age: 56

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Seinfeld, A Bug's Life, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Enough Said

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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.

Age: 45

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Author, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Charmed, Beverly Hills, 90210, Mallrats, Heathers

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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.

Age: 45

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

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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. 

Age: 55

Birthplace: USA, Kennett, Missouri

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Music Teacher, Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: Boyhood, K-PAX, Cars, Point Break

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