The month of October is regarded at Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but very little is observed in a developing country like India. Which is shocking if you really think about it, because the fact is that 1 in 28 women in India will develop breast cancer, and not all cases of breast cancer are hereditary.
In observance, let’s take a look at 5 courageous celebrities who have beaten the odds to become breast cancer survivors.
1. Kylie Minogue
The Australian pop singer, famous for the chart-topping ‘Can’t get you outta my head’, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. She fought through bravely, becoming an inspiration to breast cancer patients the world over.
Yesteryear Bollywood actress and Fardeen Khan’s mother-in-law, Mumtaz was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2000s.
3. Cynthia Nixon
Popularly known as Miranda Hobbes, the Sex and the City co-star was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and battled the disease for 2 years. The actress wanted to keep her story under wraps because of the stigma involved, but changed her mind two years later, when she spoke of her battle with the disease in an interview on Good Morning America. Today, the pretty lady is a breast cancer activist.
4. Peter Criss
Yep, that is correct. While breast cancer is more common in women, 1 in 1000 men may also develop a breast cancer. The original KISS drummer developed the disease in 2008, when he notice a lump in his chest. He admitted later that it scared the pants off him, and how he considered himself the luckiest man in the world for surviving the illness.
5. Angelina Jolie
“Prevention is better than cure” and that is what Angelina proved to the world. A simple blood test revealed that the actress had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer. In 2013, the actress decided to remove her breasts to prevent developing breast cancer, and became an inspiration to women worldwide.
These are just a few, but many others like Nancy Reagan, Lisa Ray, Betty Ford, Sheryl Crow and Christina Applegate are breast cancer survivors.
Breast cancer is curable if diagnosed early enough. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you go for yearly check-ups and get a mammogram done.