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.

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Celebrities with breast cancer Julia Louis-Dreyfus
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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.

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celebrities with breast cancer Angelina Jolie
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Angelina Jolie

Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36, Jolie revealed in 2013 that she has undergone a double mastectomy a couple of months prior. Two years later, the star had her fallopian tubes and ovaries removed after her doctor found signs of early cancer. Jolie has a family history of breast cancer; she lost her mother, aunt and grandmother to the disease.

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Shannen Doherty

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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.”

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celebrities with breast cancer, Rita Wilson
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Rita Wilson

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.

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celebrities with breast cancer Wanda Sykes
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Wanda Sykes

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.

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celebrities with breast cancer Sheryl Crow
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Sheryl Crow

The songstress was diagnosed with breast cancer not long after splitting with longtime beau, Lance Armstrong. Crow had lumpectomy and radiation treatment. She’s been quoted as saying her breast cancer brought a lot of clarity when it came to her perspective on life.

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celebrities with breast cancer Christina Applegate
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Christina Applegate

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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.

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Celebrities with breast cancer Cynthia Nixon
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Cynthia Nixon

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.

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celebrities with breast cancer, Kylie Minogue
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Kylie Minogue

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.

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celebrities with breast cancer Giuliana Rancic
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Giuliana Rancic

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.

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