20 Celebrity Breast Cancer Survivors

Many of them became advocates after diagnosis
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2011 11:25 AM CDT
Giuliana Rancic Breast Cancer: Christina Applegate, and More Celebrity Survivors
Giuliana Rancic attends the 18th Annual QVC 'FFANY Shoes On Sale' at The Waldorf=Astoria on October 13, 2011 in New York City.   (Getty Images)

Support has been pouring in for Giuliana Rancic ever since she announced she has breast cancer, and celebrity breast cancer survivor Christina Applegate says she will be there for the E! News host. “I know that journey so well,” Applegate tells E!. “I get what she’s going through.” The Washington Post rounds up 18 more famous ladies who have survived:

  • Sheryl Crow: The singer started advocating for yearly mammograms after being diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in 2006.
  • Robin Roberts: The Good Morning America anchor kept appearing on TV as she underwent chemotherapy in 2007.
  • Melissa Etheridge: Following her 2004 diagnosis, she has been an advocate and has worked with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

  • Kylie Minogue: She was diagnosed in 2005; this year, she received an honorary doctorate for her advocacy work.
  • Suzanne Somers: She wrote a book about her 2000 breast cancer fight.
  • Brigitte Bardot: The French actress initially refused treatment for her breast cancer.
  • Sandra Day O’Connor: The former Supreme Court justice missed just two weeks of work to be treated.
  • Dorothy Hamill: After being treated successfully in 2006, she designed a breast cancer awareness jewelry line.
Click for the complete list. (More Giuliana Rancic stories.)

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