One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. These six celebrities, among others, have fought the cancer battle and are now using their star status to raise awareness, advocate for early detection, and plea for better treatments and recovery options.
Their endurance, courage, and forthrightness are inspirational. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we hope their messages motivate you to get your annual mammogram, pay attention to your body, and seek medical help when something seems amiss.
Lunden, 69, a former co host of ABC’s Good
Morning America and author of eight books, was diagnosed in 2014 with triple-negative breast cancer—the three most common types of receptors known to fuel most breast cancer growth (estrogen, progesterone, and the HER2/neu gene) were not present in her cancer tumor. It was found when her doctor ordered additional screening because of her dense fibrous breast tissue.
As she told NBC’s Today show, “I walked out of
that mammogram with a clean bill of health, only to discover in my ultrasound that I had an aggressive form of breast cancer.” Today, she is cancer free and travels the country speaking to health organizations and raising awareness about the disease.