8 Celebs Who Fought Against Breast Cancer

As a bride-to-be, you may be busy preparing for your big day. But between all this, take a break and think when was the last time you visited a doctor to get your breasts examined for lumps? Before you get married, you owe it to yourself to get a breast examination done. Women tend to look at breast cancer from a bird's eye view; but it is very real and can affect anyone. So promise yourself, as you step into this new life, you will get a check-up done. Recently, Angelina Jolie, took a brave step, after realising her risk of having breast cancer. So, take a look at some gorgeous divas that have put a brave face in front of this disease.

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Angelina Jolie

14th May, 2013 is a day people won’t forget easily. Angelina Jolie, considered to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, revealed that she has undergone double mastectomy as a preventive measure against breast and ovarian cancer. Angelina took the bold step when she found out that she has 87% chances of having breast cancer, a disease that took her mother’s life as well. Her decision tells us two things- first that breast cancer can be detected early on and second health is her priority. This bold statement by Angelina is truly an inspiration to all women.


Little do people know that the yesteryear Bollywood diva, Mumtaz, is a breast cancer survivor as well. In early 2000, a malignant lump in her breasts was diagnosed as cancer. The legendary actress overcame the dreadful disease with her quiet determination and support of her family. In a tabloid interview, talking about her fight against cancer, Mumtaz was quoted saying "I don't give up easily. Even death will have to fight me.

Namrata Singh Gujral

Namrata is an Indian-American actress, who has worked in a number of sitcoms including Americanizing Shelley, The Agency and Passions. She also acted in the Bollywood film Kaante. In 2008, she was diagnosed with early stages of breast cancer. However, she did not take this battle lying down. She even directed a docu-drama, 1 a Minute, about women affected by breast cancer. It was screened in 600 theatres and is widely believed to be the largest release for a cancer related movie. 

Kylie Minogue

Australian singer and television actress, Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. She underwent a surgery followed by chemotherapy and recovered successfully. Since then, Kylie has been working actively for spreading breast cancer awareness all over the world. She has also been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Health Sciences, in recognition of her work. 

Cynthia Nixon

Sex and the City’s gorgeous actress Cynthia Nixon, was diagnosed with breast cancer during a routine mammogram in 2006. Her mother was a breast cancer survivor as well. Cynthia battled this disease and underwent nearly 7 weeks of radiation. She also underwent a lumpectomy. After recovering, she became the ambassador for Susan .G. Komen for the Cure (a breast cancer foundation).

Barbara Mori

Mexican beauty, who created quite a stir in Bollywood with her debut and rumoured affair with actor Hrithik Roshan, is a cancer survivor as well. Barbara was detected with cancer when she was 29 years-old, though many don’t know the nature of her disease; many have speculated it to be breast cancer. This overseas beauty has openly expressed her support for various breast cancer causes.


Srividya was a leading actress of the Tamil and Malayalam film industry who had acted in over 200 films. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2003 and underwent intensive treatment till she lost her battle in 2006. Despite her cancer, she continued to act in films and fought till her last breath. 

Christina Applegate

Christina Applegate, known for her hit sitcoms like Jesse, Samantha Who? and Up All Night, bravely fought the breast cancer dread. In 2008, she was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and she too underwent a double mastectomy. Her survival only strengthened her resolve to work towards cancer awareness and she founded Right Action for Women, a breast cancer foundation.

And while there are many more brave hearts who have fought this disease, these divas have been a true inspiration for millions of people, across the world. 


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