Top 10 Celebrities With Breast Cancer

Many celebrities have experienced breast cancer, including Christina Applegate, Shannen Doherty, and Wanda Sykes. Read about how these breast cancer survivors and others are using their star power to raise awareness.

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among women worldwide. The type and the stage of the cancer will determine treatment options.

In the United States alone, an estimated 252,710 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, the ACS notes. (It does occur in men, too, though at much lower rates: About 2,620 men are expected to develop the disease in 2020, according to the ACS.)

A number of factors increase a woman’s risk for breast cancer, including age, family history, or inherited changes in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Still, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points out, having a risk factor doesn’t automatically mean a woman will get breast cancer, and conversely, some women will get the disease without being aware of any additional risk factors.

According to the ACS, there are currently more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, including women who are undergoing treatment and those who have completed it. Given the statistics, it’s no wonder that some of those diagnosed will be celebrities. Many famous people cope by using their star status to raise awareness of the disease and share their stories so that others with breast cancer will know they are not alone.

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