10 Stars Who’ve Inspired Us With Their Strength In Dealing With Breast Cancer
Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate – women from all walks of life can be at risk. These celebrities gave honest insight in dealing with this disease.
Stars and breast cancer in the public eye
Julia Louis-Dreyfus recently shared the news that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer on social media.
“One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, I am the one,” tweeted the star of Veep. She went on to say she is surrounded by supportive friends and family and has fantastic insurance through her union. “The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality,” said the 56-year-old actress.
She’s just one of the many stars who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. This month being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, raising awareness and funds for the cause is the focus–too many of us who have been touched personally in some way by this cancer. Louis-Dreyfus is just one of the celebrities who’ve been diagnosed with it; so many have inspired us with their strength and resilience.
Shannen Dohertyphoto credit: shutterstock
The Beverly Hills 90210 star revealed in 2015 at the age of 44 that she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer. Currently undergoing treatment, Doherty has said she is exercising, eating healthy and keeping a positive outlook. Throughout her treatment, she’s been very open about her battle, sharing her journey on social media and “fighting like a girl.”
Wilson was diagnosed at the age of 58 in 2015 only after seeking a second opinion. She’s since had a bilateral mastectomy and encourages people to seek out a second opinion since you don’t have anything to lose in doing so.
As a comedienne, she’s used to performing and making people laugh. But when it came to her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, the star was frank with friends, family and her fans about dealing with the disease.
Christina Applegatephoto credit: shutterstock
Applegate was 36 years old when she got her diagnosis. With her mom having had to fight cancer twice, Applegate opted to have a double mastectomy even though cancer was only found in one breast.
It was after a routine mammogram that the Sex and the City alum learned she had breast cancer. The mom of three was 40 years old at the time and later became an ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Later on, in 2012, she played a cancer patient and shaved her head for the role for the Broadway show Wit.
In 2005 at the age of 36, Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was after an initial misdiagnosis that she only spoke about a few years after; she chose to speak about her initial misdiagnosis in order to stress the importance of early detection and encourage getting second opinions. She’s spoken about how the experience of having to grow your hair and eyelashes back deeply shifted her perspective.
Her treatment for breast cancer was very much in the public eye. Then in her 30s, the fashion and entertainment reporter was very vocal in her struggle with fertility and other post-op issues. She had a son with her husband via surrogate.