It was revealed in different studies that both white and black women were diagnosed with breast cancer at a relatively equal rate between 1999 and 2006. Also, it was noted that 90% of these women were expected to survive at least five years. But today, there are more people surviving the health disease.
Most people that actually survived the illness since the mid-70s are due to the use of enhanced treatment and screening. Examples of treatment for early-stage incidences of the fatal disease include lumpectomy and local radiation therapy. Mastectomy has also been effective against it.
Meanwhile, there are several celebrities, both men and women across the entire world who have been breast cancer survivors. There have been different stories of bravely fought battles that have actually inspired other patients. In this article, we shall be revealing 12 of these stars who didn’t let cancer push them to their graves.
10 Celebrities Who Survived Breast Cancer
- Hoda Kotb: Kotb is an Oklahoma-born American broadcast journalist who also doubles as an author and television personality. The celebrity was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 when she was 43years old. In that year, she had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery to treat the disease.
Aside that she struggles a lot, Kotd didn’t hesitate to document her story on the Today Show as at the time she was declared cancer-free. It was the touching tale of her journey to recovery that gave hope and optimism to other people suffering from cancer and hence demonstrating high resilience. She revealed that cancer shaped her outlook in life during the Breast Cancer Research Foundation Symposium of 2017.
- Judy Blume: This is another American author whose popular works includes Deenie, Are you God? It’s me, Margaret and Blubber. She later disclosed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 and by then she was 74 and thriving, but it wasn’t enough to stop cancer.
She expressed her shock about the news like most of her fans noting that there is no known record of the disease in her lineage. She admires her physical fitness and that is a great reason why she doesn’t smoke or drink. She later recovered after undergoing a mastectomy.
- Kylie Minogue: This is an Australian singer and actress who possess a great passion for music and fashion. In 2005, she was at the age of 36 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It forced her to postpone her Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour.
She enjoyed a lot of support from her friends and families, even the former Australian Prime Minister, John Howard. She later underwent surgery and chemotherapy treatment in the same year of diagnosis. According to another breast cancer survivor named as Giuliana Rancic, it was noted that Minogue’s cancer survival story was inspirational.
- Richard Roundtree: While it is true that Male breast cancer (MBC) isn’t a common occurrence, a previous research accounted for only 1% of the breast cancer incidences reported in the world. Roundtree is one of the rare cases, but he fought back successfully.