Fight Breast Cancer

Cherry Adair, Tina DeSalvo, and Stella Barcelona

According to research statistics, 1 out of 8 women will get breast cancer. That is a lot of moms, sisters, aunts, friends, wives…That statistic also includes the celebrities we enjoy watching on screen, television and stage. Listed on this page are some famous women who have had breast cancer and some links to websites and blog sites that are available if you are seeking information, support or ways to help.

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Dame Maggie Smith

In 2008, when the 73-year-old actress was diagnosed with breast cancer, she insisted on filming her sixth appearance as Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. After having the lump removed, Smith had chemotherapy and radiation treatments while filming the movie.

Kylie Minogue

A 2005 misdiagnosis almost lost the Australian pop star her chance to fight and beat breast cancer. Minogue was 36 years old at the time when she decided to get another opinion on the lump in her breast. She urges women to trust their gut more when they go to the doctor. “Just because someone is in a white coat and using big medical instruments doesn’t necessarily mean they’re right,” she told Ellen DeGeneres in 2007. Her treatment plan included a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation.

Hoda Kotb

In 2007, Kotb was diagnosed with breast cancer after her gynecologist discovered lumps during a routine exam. At 43, Hoda had not yet had a mammogram. She described her lack of screening like this…“I just didn’t do it,” she says. “I wasn’t scared of it. I ask people all the time why they haven’t gotten checked for various things, and here I was not getting screened.” Her successful treatment journey was documented by Today show cameras. Kotb remains cancer-free.

Christina Applegate

Even though the doctors found cancer in only one of her breasts, Christina, who was 36 years old at the time, chose to have a double mastectomy. Her mother is a breast cancer survivor, and Christina didn’t want to take any chances. She immediately adopted a healthy diet and underwent surgery. She has since participated in several charity events to raise money for cancer education and research.

Kathy Bates

After overcoming ovarian cancer in 2003, Academy Award winning actress Kathy Bates told the world in 2012 that she’d beaten breast cancer as well. The star of movies Fried Green Tomatoes, Titanic and Misery revealed that she successfully underwent a double mastectomy and would not need radiation or chemotherapy.

Nancy Reagan

While President Ronald Reagan was in the White House in 1987, the First Lady was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a single mastectomy and made a full recovery. First Lady Reagan’s experience led to a wealth of media attention, which sparked an increase in the percentage of women having screening mammograms.