Women Who Fought Breast Cancer And Won!

October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and here are words of courage and inspiration, from women who did not let even cancer dull their twinkle. We salute your spirit.

Angelina Jolie

After she found out that she carries the BRCA1 cancer gene, which results in an 87% chance of contracting breast cancer, Angelina took the brave decision of opting for a preventative double mastectomy.



Mumtaz was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 54. After defeating it with surgery, chemo and radiation, she even reclaimed her beauty by following a strict regimen including swimming, visits to gym, a healthy diet and a positive attitude.


Christina Applegate

Despite being diagnosed with breast cancer in only one breast, Applegate – who tested positive for the BRCA-1 gene mutation and whose mother is a repeat breast cancer survivor— decided to go for double mastectomy to reduce the chance that the cancer could spread or come back.


Dame Maggie Smith

When the 73-year-old actress Maggie Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, she insisted on filming her sixth appearance as Professor McGonagall in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” even while undergoing radiation therapy. The Academy Award winner had chemotherapy and radiation after having a lump removed.



Tamil actress Gautami Tadimalla was a single mom when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The reason they’d caught it early was because she was faithful in her breast self-exams, and with chemo and radiation, she finally defeated it.


Cynthia Nixon

At first, the Sex and the City star kept her diagnosis under wraps as she didn’t want the paparazzi to intrude her hospital visits and treatment routine. But, later, she decided to tell her story when she realized it might serve as an inspiration for other women at risk.


Kylie Minogue

After one round of misdiagnosis, a second round of tests revealed a lump in her left breast, and Kylie underwent a surgery followed by chemotherapy and recovered successfully. Since then, Kylie has been working actively for spreading breast cancer awareness all over the world.


Sheryl Crow

After catching suspicious calcifications in both of her breasts on a routine mammogram, the rocker immediately postponed a tour, underwent radiation, supplemented with acupuncture and herbal teas. Because of the early detection, she was able to skip chemotherapy altogether.


Namrata Singh Gujral

An Indian-American actress, Namrata was diagnosed with early stages of breast cancer in 2008. After she fought against it and won, she directed a docu-drama, 1 a Minute, about women affected by breast cancer.


Melissa Etheridge

After her diagnosis, the rocker was inspired to write the song “I Run for Life” about the battle against breast cancer. Etheridge has lost her father, aunt, and grandmother to cancer, and describes her own experience as leading to a “spiritual awakening.”


Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer, the same weekend her father died from liver cancer. She underwent a partial mastectomy and breast reconstruction and has been cancer-free for more than two decades.


Barbara Mori

Barbara Mori, the Uruguayan-Mexican model and actress was diagnosed with breast cancer at a very young age of 29 in 2007. Because of her early detection she was able to beat the disease and cured it completely.


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