KeepHealthCare.ORG – 12 Celebrity Breast Cancer Survivors Who Beat It And Told Their Story
These brave stars all beat breast cancer — and inspired us all.
Breast cancer affects just about everyone at some point, and the rich and famous aren’t immune to the disease. A slew of celebrity women were diagnose and became breast cancer survivors.
Back in 2015, Rita Wilson, seen in The Good Wife, Girls, and Full Circle (and happy wife of Tom Hanks), announced that she had undergone a double mastectomy, followed by reconstructive surgery after being diagnosed with a type of breast cancer. She made a full recovery, crediting the positive outcome to excellent doctors and that fact that she trusted her gut and got a second opinion.
According to Breastcancer.org, in 2014, there were 232,670 new cases of breast cancer in women in America and 40,000 of those were expected to lose their battle. Second only to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American women. While breast cancer is hereditary, 85 percent of American women will be diagnosed who do not have any history of cancer, which is why monthly self-exams, regular mammograms, and second opinions are so critical.
No matter the diagnosis, facing cancer and the public at the same time can’t be easy. And yet, these women face their diagnosis and treatment bravely and want to share their stories in the hope of helping other woman stay healthy.
How many others have gone through the same thing as Rita Wilson and survived? More than you would think.
The public sometimes forgets that celebrities aren’t invincible. Being on the screen, in the papers, and everywhere online can make a celebrity seem immortal. Especially when in all their photos, they seem to be having the time of their lives, going on vacations, and attentind parties and events. We easily forget that behind closed doors there is a lot that goes on that is quite unpleasant.
These women are true breast cancer survivors and have gone through a lot so far in their lives, always coming out on top. It is horrible they had to fight off this disease but it is also quite inspiring that they are here to show that it didn’t beat them.
If there is any positive message that comes out of cancer, it’s that being strong and keeping faith can help you overcome these obstacles. Here are 12 celebrity women who have kicked cancer’s butt and are here to show you that they are stronger than ever.