18 Inspiring Celebrity Breast Cancer Survivors

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1Robin Roberts

The Good Morning America host found a lump in her breast during a self exam, and has spent countless hours on air since encouraging women to stay on top of their own monthly self exams. Roberts openly discussed the depression she felt post-chemo with Prevention magazine, showing us all a side of cancer few talk about. No wonder she's one of the most beloved journalists on morning television.

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2Angelina Jolie

This Oscar-winning actress is no stranger to cancer; she lost her mother, grandmother, and aunt to the illness. So when she tested positive for the breast cancer gene, she took no chances and immediately underwent a double mastectomy. Jolie wrote about the experience for the New York Times. Two years later, Jolie wrote a second story about her decision to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes after tests revealed she had an increased chance of developing ovarian cancer. According to a study, her decision to go public increased public awareness, prompting researchers to call it the "Angelina Effect." 

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3Giuliana Rancic

One of the most beloved television personalities ever, Rancic made her breast cancer revelation on the Today show in 2011. She was only 37 at the time and used her platform to urge young women to have early mammogram screenings. Today she is the founder of Fab-U-Wish, a grant-wishing charity for women receiving breast cancer treatment.

In December 2016, Rancic shared a beautiful post on Instagram, celebrating five years cancer-free.

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4Christina Applegate

This beloved actress went public with her decision to undergo a double mastectomy after her cancer diagnosis revealed she was positive for the BRCA gene. The actress later appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to break down the stigma surrounding the surgery, famously telling Oprah "they can make pretty boobies."

In 2017, Applegate told Today.com that she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a preventative measure against ovarian cancer. "My cousin passed away from ovarian cancer in 2008," she said. "I could prevent that. That's how I've taken control of everything. It's a relief. That's one other thing off the table. Now, let's hope I don't get hit by a bus."

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5Sheryl Crow

Our favorite rocker chick released a 2006 statement announcing both her breast cancer diagnosis and her plans to undergo surgery. Crow said in an interview on Extra that it would have been impossible to go public and not talk about prevention, given the platform she has. Yet another reason we love her!

In August 2016, with over 10 years cancer-free, Crow shared at the #BlogHer16 exposition just how much her diagnosis changed her life. "I really refined my life," she told reporters. "I began to really hack away at the things that were not important anymore and the things that were energy sucking. I learned how to say no."

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9Edie Falco

Unlike the others, Sopranos actress Edie Falco kept her diagnosis a secret from everyone (including her cast mates) until it was gone. Eventually Falco opened up about her experience and the path it led her to, telling Health magazine that it prompted her to begin the process of adopting a little boy. "For years I'd been waiting to start a family, but surviving cancer has a way of making you re-prioritize.

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12Olivia Newton-John

With homeopathy, a mastectomy, and rounds of chemo, Newton-John was able to beat her 1992 breast cancer diagnosis. Today, others who are battling the same illness can seek treatment at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center in Melbourne.

In May 2017, Newton-John shared the sad news that her breast cancer returned and spread to her sacrum. She told People she is "totally confident" and focusing on her health. "I am feeling good and enjoying total support from my family and friends, along with a team of wellness and medical practitioners." 

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14Diahann Carroll

This legendary actress has admitted to wanting to keep her illness secret after she was diagnosed in the 1990s. In an episode of Oprah's Master Class, Diahann Carroll said she didn't want to be known for her cancer. Later she realized it was her responsibility to speak out about her diagnosis and help raise awareness. 

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15Dame Maggie Smith

Proving her dedication to her craft, Dame Maggie Smith continued filming Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince while receiving chemotherapy treatment. The incredibly private star later admitted to the Times that the process made her question her ability to continue her career. 

17Kylie Minogue

At just 37, the Australian pop superstar announced she had been diagnosed with breast cancer while on her "Showgirl" world tour. Two years later, Minogue revealed on Ellen that her cancer was originally misdiagnosed. She urges fans and young women who find any suspicions in their breasts to seek multiple medical evaluations.

In February 2016, Minogue took to Instagram in celebration of 10 years cancer-free. "Today marks my official 10 year 'all clear' from breast cancer," she wrote. "Naturally, my nearest and dearest were at the forefront of my mind. Thoughts of all those who are making their way towards this landmark, those who are past the landmark and of those who we sadly miss."

18Sandra Lee

The Food Network star revealed her diagnosis during a Good Morning America interview with Robin Roberts (also a breast cancer survivor). Through her journey, she used her social media channels to share the truth about living with the illness. Today she is cancer-free and uses her voice to encourage women in their 20s to be aware of the disease.  

Lee was recognized by the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program and named a spokesperson for Stand Up to Cancer and was honored on Capitol Hill with the Excellence in Cancer Awareness Award. 

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