5. Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate is a teenage star who grew into a famous adult actress, and is also the daughter of a breast cancer survivor. She was very aware of the disease when she was diagnosed with it in April 2008 at the age of 36. She had had regular mammograms for six years when a biopsy on tissue in her left breast confirmed the diagnosis. While being treated with six weeks of radiation therapy, Christina Applegate also discovered she had the BRCA gene.
To prevent any other complications, Christina Applegate decided to undergo a bilateral mastectomy and started spreading her story of survival. She considers her health as a blessing."I am a 36-year-old person with breast cancer, and not many people know that that happens to women my age or women in their 20s," she said. "This is my opportunity now to go out and fight as hard as I can for early detection."