7. Hoda Kotb
Hoda Kotb is a famous journalist who became known for co-hosting NBC’s Today Show. Her struggle with breast cancer became public when the Today Show transmitted a documentary about Hoda Kotb’s diagnosis and cancer treatment. In 2007, Hoda Kotb underwent surgery and became cancer-free.
8. Jaclyn Smith
Jaclyn Smith is an actress and businesswoman who became known as one of the original Charlie’s Angels in the television series. Now 70-years-old, she was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2003. After struggling with the disease, Jaclyn Smith became involved in an online support system for breast cancer patients called “Strength in Knowing,” and was featured with Olivia Newton-John in the documentary 1 a Minute.
9. Judy Blume
In 2012, the then 74-year-old Judy Blume was diagnosed with breast cancer. The diagnosis was a surprise for the writer since there was no family history of the disease, she ate a healthy diet, and didn’t smoke or drink. Judy Blume underwent a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction and wrote of her experience in her blog.
10. Kathy Bates
Actress and director Kathy Bates has played fierce characters in movies, but in real life she is a resilient woman too. In 2003, she was diagnosed and treated for ovarian cancer, but nine years later, Kathy Bates was diagnosed with breast cancer as well. After undergoing a double mastectomy, she beat the disease.
11. Kylie Minogue
In 2005, the famous Australian singer Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer. While she had a lump in her breast, it was only when she insisted it should be analyzed a second time that the breast cancer was confirmed. After defeating the disease with surgery and chemotherapy, Kylie Minogue became dedicated to inspire others and encourage women everyone to take care of their health.
12. Nancy Reagan
Ronald Reagan was leading the country from the White House in 1987 when his wife, the First Lady Nancy Reagan was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a single mastectomy and made a full recovery. Due to the public attention that the case gained, Nancy Reagan’s breast cancer led to an increase in the number of women seeking mammogram screenings.
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