Breast Cancer Awareness Month: The Survivors

In continuing our series of special articles in honor of  Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we present a partial list of “celebrities” who have survived breast cancer.  Some are long term survivors, others more recently diagnosed. Many are still very active in their given professions.

Celebrity Profession Diagnosed Age Now




Anastacia Pop singer 2003 41
Christina Applegate Actress 2008 37
Kaye Ballard Comedian Unavailable 83
Brigitte Bardot Actress/ Activist 1983 75
Shirley Temple Black* Child actress, Ambassador 1972 81
Eileen Brennan Actress 1990 77
Edwin Brooke** African-American former Senator 2002 89
Diahann Carroll Actress 1998 74
Beth Nielsen Chapman Singer/Songwriter 2000 51
Sheryl Crow Singer/Songwriter 2006 47
Ruby Dee Actress/ Civil Rights Activist 1970’s 84
Elizabeth Edwards Lawyer, wife of John Edwards 2004 60
Jill Eikenberry Actress 1984 62
Linda Ellerbee TV Journalist 1992 65
Melissa Etheridge Singer/Songwriter, Lesbian Activist 2004 48
Edie Falco Actress 2003 46
Catherine Gilpin Faust President Harvard University 1988 62
Peggy Fleming Olympic figure skater 1998 61
Betty Ford First Lady 1974 91
Christine Gregoire Governor of Washington 2003 62
Nancy Griffith Singer/songwriter 1996 56
Dorothy Hamill Olympic figure skater 2008 53
Julie Harris Actress 1980 83
Laura Ingraham Radio Host, Author 2005 45
Kate Jackson Actress 1987 60
Hoda Kotb TV Journalist 2007 45
Kylie Minogue Pop singer 2005 41
Janet Napolitano Secretary of Homeland Security 1998 51
Olivia Newton John Pop singer 1992 61
Cynthia Nixon Actress 2006 43
Sandra Day O’Connor Supreme Court Justice 1988 79
Nancy Reagan First Lady 1987 88
Lynn Redgrave Actress 2002 66
Cokie Roberts TV Journalist 2002 65
Robin Roberts Basketball Player, TV Journalist 2007 48
Richard Roundtree** Actor 1993 67
Carly Simon Singer/Songwriter 1998 64
Jaclyn Smith Actress/ Businesswoman 2003 61
Gloria Steinem Author, Feminist Activist 1986 76
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Notes:
* Shirley Temple Black was the first celebrity to announce her breast cancer on TV.
** Breast cancer affects men as well as indicated by Senator Edwin Brooke, and actor Richard Roundtree

Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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