Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Celebs Who Survived the Disease

October 3, 2011 By:
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Celebs Who Survived the Disease

If you were confused why so many football players were wearing pink on Sunday, no, it’s not a new NFL trend. It’s breast cancer awareness month, and it’s been celebrated every October for the past 20 years.
The rising awareness of breast cancer has prompted more and more women to get checked earlier, saving thousands of lives each year.

Kathleen Sebeluis, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services explained: "If 90 percent of women 40 and older received breast cancer screening, 3,700 lives would be saved each year."

This year alone, it’s estimated that more than 230,000 people will be diagnosed with the disease. Many celebs have been confronted with the disease and knocked it. To celebrate breast cancer awareness and give inspiration to the fight—we’re rounding up 7 celebs who have beat breast cancer.

Betsey Johnson: Betsey Johnson loves pink. In fact, judging by her line, I’m not sure if she knows any other color exists. It has to have something to do with her passion for fighting breast cancer. She beat the disease eleven years ago, and this year, released her “Breast Cancer Awareness Bundle.” For $150, you can buy a tank, tote, gloves and two pairs of socks that say, “I’m a survivor!” Proceeds support Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.

Christina Applegate: In 2008, Christina underwent a double mastectomy. She then founded Right Action for Women, a nonprofit organization that provides cancer screenings to women who can’t afford them.

Sheryl Crow: Crow was diagnosed in 2006 and has now beat the disease. She founded the Sheryl Crow Imaging center in collaboration with Los Angeles’ Pink Lotus Breast Center. Both centers are dedicated to preventing and treating breast cancer and provide free treatment to women without health insurance.

Cynthia Nixon: The Sex and the City star survived breast cancer, and so did her mom—twice. "I feel like I have a very concrete story to tell,” Cynthia said. “My story isn't just my story, it mine and my mother's story."

Melissa Etheridge: In 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the 2005 Grammy Awards, she performed Janis Joplin’s Piece of My Heart, proudly rocking her baldness, which was due to chemotherapy treatment.

Kylie Minogue: Kylie was diagnosed in 2005, but it didn’t slow her down for long. After chemotherapy treatment and breast surgery, she organized Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour in 2006. A year later, she released her tenth studio album, X.

Suzanne Somers: Suzanne Somers announced her breast cancer diagnosis in 2001. She had a lumpectomy to remove it, followed by radiation therapy. But she then decided not to undergo chemotherapy, instead opting for alternative treatment. She received some criticism from the American Cancer Society for promoting those treatments.