Famous Celebrity Breast Cancer Survivors

Breast cancer does not discriminate

Edie Falco
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Breast cancer does not discriminate - there are many famous celebrity breast cancer survivors. Here are some celebrities who have survived breast cancer.

Famous Breast Cancer Survivors

Edie Falco
Sopranos star Edie Falco was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, and secretly battled it.  In 2014, she told National Public Radio :

"I found out in the morning, and then I had to go to work, and I told very few people, but I told the producer.

... I said, 'I have an opportunity to meet this doctor in an hour, can I go and do that and then come back and shoot?' And that's what I did. I met this one doctor who talked me through the next step or whatever, and then I went and shot a couple of scenes after that, and that was pretty surreal." 

"It's funny; I have very weird memories of that day. But it helped me to just keep moving, to not have it be this huge comma in my life where everything waited. I was able to pretty much keep up my schedule and go through what I needed to go through. I wouldn't have done well if everybody had known."

Melissa Etheridge
Music icon Melissa Ethridge was diagnosed in 2004 with breast cancer. Etheridge is doing well.  "I am the healthiest I have ever been in my life," she told ABC News in 2015. "It excites me every day when I can wake up and feel energy and feel good and feel purpose. The changes I made were big and not easy.

Sugar is a drug, incredibly addictive. That one change can make a huge difference in your life."

Gloria Steinem
​American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist, Glorida Steinem discovered a lump in 1986. She retreated from the public eye to have surgery and undergo treatment. Today, she is still championing women's rights.


Kate Jackson
Two-time survivor and actress Kate Jackson battled cancer in 1987 and in 1989. She is recognized as one of the most famous of the "angels" in "Charlie's Angels".

“The word ‘cancer’ is what stood out," she told the New York Daily News in 2012. "That’s a word I didn’t even like to say. It was very surreal. I couldn’t get a grip on it. I think my first words were, 'Will I be here for my children?’ "

Olivia Newton John
Famous singer and actress was diagnosed 1992, underwent a mastectomy and breast reconstruction.

Newton-John found that her first instincts weren't always right, according to CNN. When her cancer was diagnosed in 1992, she was scared of having chemotherapy, and considered forgoing it and using alternative treatments, such as homeopathy and acupuncture instead.

"Common sense prevailed," said Newton-John. "One of my girlfriends said, 'Why would you want to risk even that one cancer cell? You have a child.' "

Newton John had chemotherapy after a modified radical mastectomy.

More Celebrity Breast Cancer Survivors


ABC News. "Melissa Etheridge: How My Life's Changed 10 Years After Cancer" http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/melissa-etheridge-lifes-changed-10-years-cancer/story?id=31868667

CNN. "Olivia Newton-John, Jaclyn Smith on surviving breast cancer." http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/conditions/10/18/ep.breast.cancer/index.html?iref=nextin

National Public Radio. "Edie Falco On Sobriety, The Sopranos, And Nurse Jackie's Self-Medication." http://www.npr.org/2014/04/09/300983914/edie-falco-on-sobriety-the-sopranos-and-nurse-jackies-self-medication

New York Daily News. "Jaclyn Smith recalls breast-cancer fright." http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/charlie-angels-star-jaclyn-smith-recalls-breast-cancer-fright-article-1.1172442 

More Celebrity Breast Cancer Survivors

Ann Jillian
Actress turned motivational speaker, tours recounting her journey with breast cancer.

Sandra Day O’Connor

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor battled breast cancer in 1982. She was treated with a mastectomy, and returned to work 6 days later.

Lynn Redgrave
Actress and author, Redgrave is the sister to Vanessa Redgrave. She is also the aunt of actresses Miranda Richardson and Jolie Richardson.

More importantly is a breast cancer survivor.

Cokie Roberts
A diagnostic mammogram revealed a tumor in Robert's left breast. It was initially found by her doctor. A lumpectomy was the treatment method.

Shirley Temple Black
Child actress, Shirley Temple found a lump in 1972, and had a mastectomy.

The singer was diagnosed in 2003 and now raises breast cancer awareness since becoming a survivor.

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