A breast cancer diagnosis can come with feelings of sadness and isolation. While it’s completely normal to have these feelings, it’s important to know you are not alone. In fact, about one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime—however it is very treatable if detected early. Here are nine celebrities that had—and beat—breast cancer:
- Judy Blume
The author of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaretsurprised fans when she announced she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012—at the age of 74. Here’s what she wrote in her blog post: “Wait—me? There’s no breast cancer in my family. I’ve never smoked, I exercise every day, forget alcohol. How is this possible?”
- Giuliana Rancic
The E! Newsanchor was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011—at the age of 36. She is now in full recovery after a double mastectomy and her best advice is to anyone requiring chemotherapy or radiation treatment is to ask questions… and then ask more questions.
- Edie Falco
The Sopranosstar was diagnosed in 2003—at the age of 40. At first she kept her diagnosis a secret, but is currently a spokesperson for Health Care for America Now.
- Richard Rountree
Yes it’s true, men can get breast cancer, too. Richard Roundtree, famous for his tough-guy role in the 1970s Shaftmovies, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993—at the age of 51. He didn’t share any news about his diagnosis, treatment or recovery until he was cancer-free for five years. Today, he travels the country to raise awareness about male breast cancer.
- Peter Criss
Peter Criss, a founding member of the legendary rock band KISS, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008—at the age of 62. This year he has a PSA for men during breast cancer awareness month: “Men can get breast cancer too and early detection can save your life, guys. So, pay attention to that stuff.”
- Joan Lunden
This former co-host of ABC’sGood Morning Americawas diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in June 2014—at the age of 64. After a routine mammogram her doctor ordered her to get additional screening because she had dense fibrous breast tissue, which revealed an aggressive form of breast cancer. Today, Lunden is cancer-free and has become an advocate for women battling the disease.
- Wanda Sykes
In 2011, the comedian and actress underwent breast-reduction surgery that revealed she hadductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), also known as stage 0 breast cancer—at the age of 47. Because Sykes has a family history of breast cancer, and two young children, she decided to get a double mastectomy.
- Olivia Newton-John
The Grammy-winning singer was diagnosed in 1992—at the age of 43. She is now a spokesperson for the Liv Breast Self Examination Kit, which assists women with early detection. She wants everyone to “be very vigilant about your own breast health. If you do find something that doesn’t feel right, go get it checked out and insist on a mammogram.”
- Melissa Etheridge
The singer/songwriter was diagnosed with stage 2 triple-negative breast cancer in 2004—at the age of 43. She made an emotional and inspiring statement by performing bald at the 2005 Grammys after receiving her chemo treatment.
Women over the age of 40 should receive preventive annual mammograms and perform monthly self-exams to safeguard their breast health. If you or a loved one would like to learn more about mammogram health screening and/or breast cancer treatment at Certis Oncology Solutions, please call 858-228-4110.