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Hear from celebrity breast cancer survivors who fought the good fight and won

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Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States. This cancer accounts for 30% of all new female cancers each year, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

The median age of those diagnosed is 62, according to the source. Throughout a woman’s life, there is a one in eight chance that she will develop cancer, according to the ACS. Many Hollywood celebrities have been diagnosed with cancer and have emerged cancer-free. Many of these celebrities took the opportunity to raise awareness about breast cancer among their many fans.

Here are some celebrities who beat breast cancer and what they had to say.

Rita Wilson has opened up about her husband Tom Hanks’ support during his battle with breast cancer. (Jim Spellman/WireImage)

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  1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  2. Christine Applegate
  3. Sheryl Corbeau
  4. Rita Wilson
  5. Cynthia Nixon

1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus took to social media in September 2017 to share her cancer diagnosis. “One in eight women get breast cancer,” the “Seinfeld” actress wrote. “Today it’s me.”

“The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union,” she wrote. “The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality,” she continued.

Louis-Dreyfus underwent six cycles of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy following his treatment. She announced that she was cancer free in 2018.

“You hear it all the time, but the people I relied on the most, besides the very capable doctors and nurses who took care of me, were my family and close friends,” she told People in 2020.

“I was surrounded by people who supported me,” she added. “It was extremely meaningful and I needed it. It helped me believe that I was going to get through this.”

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Jimmy Kimmel

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2017. (Randy Holmes)

2. Christine Applegate

The popular actress was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36. She was diagnosed in 2008 and underwent a double mastectomy. This diagnosis also later led her to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.

“Two weeks ago, I had my ovaries and (fallopian) tubes removed,” the actress told Today.com in a 2017 interview. “My cousin died of ovarian cancer in 2008. I could avoid it.”

“That’s how I took control of everything,” she said of the recent surgeries. “It’s a relief. It’s another thing that’s off the table,” the actress said.

Christina Applegate at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in a black outfit

Christine Applegate was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and multiple sclerosis in 2021. (Gilbert Flores/Variety)

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Applegate was later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2021.

3. Sheryl Corbeau

Singer Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. After receiving this diagnosis, she emphasized the importance of women being screened for breast cancer.

When she received the diagnosis, she almost skipped the appointment for the mammogram that revealed her cancer. She spoke more about her diagnosis in the 2022 documentary, “Sheryl.”

“I have always been a healthy person who prioritized good nutrition and exercise, but at that time it seemed impossible to focus on anything other than getting through each day and pursuing my career Naturally, I was tempted to delay my annual mammogram visit – as so many women do when facing stressful times in life, whether during a pandemic, a career change, family issues. or just everyday life,” she told People in 2022.

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Singer Sheryl Crow has spoken about the importance of breast cancer screening. (Gilbert Flores/WWD via Getty Images)

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“My story is a testament to the fact that you can continue to live a long and healthy life after diagnosis,” she said. “As a breast cancer survivor who credits early detection with saving my life, I have made it part of my story to help educate women about the importance of scheduling their annual mammograms.”

4. Rita Wilson

Rita Wilson was diagnosed with lobular carcinoma in situ, which required her to closely monitor her breast cancer. Her initial tests showed she did not have breast cancer, but she made the decision to get a second opinion. This second opinion revealed her breast cancer in 2015.

“A friend who had breast cancer suggested I get a second opinion about my condition and my gut told me it was the right thing to do,” Wilson said in a statement to People. She ended up seeing two other pathologists, both of whom confirmed that she had breast cancer.

“I am recovering and, more importantly, I expect a full recovery,” Wilson explained. “Why? Because I figured this out early, I have great doctors, and I got a second opinion.”

She also spoke about her husband Tom Hanks’ supportive spirit during this difficult time.

“Who knew this would bring you even closer?” Wilson told the New York Times in May 2015. “You never know how your spouse is going to react in a situation like this. I was so amazed, so blown away by the care my husband gave me. It was such a normal and respondent.”

5. Cynthia Nixon

“Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon initially kept her breast cancer diagnosis a secret.

She discovered her breast cancer during a routine mammogram. Her mother also had breast cancer, so she started getting annual mammograms earlier than average, at age 35. She underwent a lumpectomy and six and a half weeks of radiation therapy.

“I didn’t really want to make it public while I was going through this,” Nixon told “Nightline” in 2008. “I didn’t want paparazzi in the hospital, that sort of thing.”

Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon quietly battled breast cancer before going public with her diagnosis. (Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

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When Nixon opened up about her diagnosis, she shared details about the day she discovered her breast cancer.

“I’m having my routine mammogram, and then I get a call from my gynecologist. And she’s like, ‘Well, I have some – it’s not such good news, but here it is, but it’s very small and we’ll just go.” “You have to get in there and pull it out right away, and then you’ll probably get radiation,” she told ABC.

“I was scared. And I thought, ‘Oh, I don’t want that to happen.’ I was very conscious of the fact that if this was going to happen, this was the best way for it to happen, for it to be detected so early and for us to go straight to it.”

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