Celebrities are people too. And many celebrities have had to go through their own personal breast cancer journey while being in the public eye. About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, according to Breastcancer.org.
Here are the stories of some celebrities who have had breast cancer. They have been willing to tell the rest of us about how they were diagnosed, how they were treated, and what they have been doing for the cause ever since.
1) Christina Applegate
When the famous actress was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2008, even though the cancer was found in only one breast, she opted for a double mastectomy.
Applegate tested positive for the BRCA-1 gene mutation. Her mother is also a breast cancer survivor. She immediately switched to a healthy diet and underwent the double mastectomy to decrease her risks of cancer coming back and spreading.
Founding the nonprofit "Right Action for Women," Applegate raises money to provide financial aid to women at high risk for breast cancer.
2) Sheryl Crow
When the famous rocker was caught with suspicious calcifications in both of her breasts in a routine mammogram, she postponed her tour. Crow underwent minimally invasive surgery and had seven weeks of radiation therapy.
She said, "I am a walking advertisement for early detection," in October 2006, according to Health.com. Crow stressed the importance of routine screenings in catching cancer early. Because the early detection of her cancer, she was able to skip chemotherapy. She supplemented her treatment regimen with acupuncture and herbal teas.
Crow does not have a family history of breast cancer, and in March 2007, she petitioned Congress to fund research into potential links between breast cancer and environmental factors.
3) Cynthia Nixon
Hesitant to reveal her diagnosis at first, the Sex and the City star went public two years after her breast cancer diagnosis. According to Health.com, a cancerous tumor was found in her right breast during a routine mammogram.