Notable Breast Cancer Survivors

So far we’ve covered the importance of breast health knowledge and the amazing fashion finds that contribute to the cause. There are so many other fun topics that pertain to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, including the inspirational stories of celebrities and other well-known individuals who beat a cancerous scare. Here is a list of some of my favorites, including a few that I found very interesting! Enjoy! 🙂


Giuliana Rancic, E! News Anchor, Television personality: 37-year-old Rancic was diagnosed with breast cancer a little over a year ago. Her cancer was discovered during a routine mammogram before an in-vitro fertilization procedure. Rancic underwent a double mastectomy and has been deemed cancer free since. Luck may have been against her for a while, but she is now the proud mother to baby Duke, who was born via surrogate this year. She says:

“Having been through cancer, I know how important it is to live each day to the fullest. It is so easy in our busy lives to take things for granted, but now I really try to savor each day and every day and live life to the fullest. It’s easy to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves, but I’ve chosen to be thankful for all of the positives in my life.”

Edie Falco, Actress (“Carmella Soprano” in HBO’s hit “The Sopranos”): Falco was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, but was very discreet about her diagnosis, even to co-stars on The Sopranos, until about a year later. She was 40 at the time of her treatment, and after about four months, she was deemed cancer-free and healthy.

Betsey Johnson, Fashion Designer: One morning, this eccentric and talented designer found that her saline breast implant started to leak so she decided to get them both removed. Upon doing so, she found a cancerous lump in one of her breasts. She is now cancer-free and participates in many breast cancer awareness projects. Johnson also has a line of one-of-a-kind items that she auctions off for charity.

Richard Roundtree, Actor: Males DO have a chance of getting breast cancer. Roundtree, star of the 1970’s hit Shaft, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, during a comeback period when he starred in a role in Beverly Hills: 90210. After undergoing a radical mastectomy and chemotherapy, he was deemed cancer-free. He has gone on to star in Seven, The Closer, Heroes, and Speed Racer.

Ann Romney, wife of 2012 Republican Candidate for President of the United States Mitt Romney: In 2008, Romney was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, a non-invasive type of breast cancer. She underwent a lumpectomy in December of the same year and has since been cancer-free. Mrs. Romney and First Lady Michelle Obama wore matching pink dresses during the Presidential Debate on Oct. 16, 2012.

Sandra Day O’Connor, Retired United States Supreme Court Justice (1991-2006): In her seventh year on the bench, Justice O’Connor was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy, missing two weeks of work. She was so annoyed by the constant inquiries about her health that in 1990 she released a statement saying, “I am not sick. I am not bored. I am not resigning.” Her bout with cancer was an experience she did not publicly discuss for a number of years. Finally, a speech in 1994 revealed her frustration with the attention the diagnosis brought, the ongoing scrutiny of her health and appearance, and the media speculation over the possibility of retirement.

Who are some of YOUR favorite inspirational women (or men!!) who battled breast cancer and won? Let us know here or @20sTweet!


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1 Response to Notable Breast Cancer Survivors

  1. Brittany says:

    Sometimes those who we’ve lost brings even more awareness to the cause. My friend’s mother passed away almost a year ago after a tough, gruesome battle with breast cancer. My friend will be walking in memory of her mother with her family this weekend. You can donate to her race here:!/events/372000086202690/

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