18 Inspiring Celebrity Breast Cancer Survivors

Shannen Doherty
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Breast cancer -- two words all women fear hearing. But regardless of the stigma surrounding those words, there is always hope. Just ask the following 18 celebrities, all of whom looked cancer square in the eye and declared survival is most certainly an option, inspiring countless others with their bravery. By deciding to go public with their breast cancer battles, these stars have spread breast cancer awareness and given hope to millions of other women. 

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According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is also the second leading cause of cancer death among women. These facts are devastating reminders about what we're up against, and we can use all the help we can get to spread the word about this vicious cancer. 

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These 18 brave women used their celebrity platforms to share the stories of their diagnosis and treatment, as well as the importance of self breast examinations and regular mammograms, which can help with early detection.

Read on to learn about 18 famous women and their experiences, strength, hope, and courage fighting breast cancer. We can all learn a lot from their stories. 

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