Ten Famous Top Breast Cancer Survivors-- Ladies First



We wondered why this was a common type of Cancer among women, and we came out with different answers. Of course, men cannot scape to this disease, but this hub is dedicated to the ladies.

  • Hormones seem to play the biggest role in the development of this type
  • Changes in our DNA can induce cancerous cell to pop up
  • Inheritance plays a key role. Since DNA are related to this and do the undesired mutations
  • adquired DNA mutations due to exposure to radiation or some type of chemicals
  • Oncogenes that are more agressive and can spread the tumor rapidly


Here are our Cancer survivors that were lucky enough to fight and confront adversity


Born in New York city. The daughter of Walter E. Nixon, a Texas-born radio journalist and Chicago-born actress Ann Knoll. Famous for her role in "Sex and the city," and winner of several awards( a Tony, Grammy and Emmy), Nixon kept her illness as a secret for 2 years. In October 2006, Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer during a routine mammogram. After her therapy and post operation, she became an advocate and speaker for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer. At one point in 2008, she declared her bisexuality and became involved with Christine Marinoni.

Christina Applegate

Born on November 25, 1971. Our second actress was famous for her role on 'married with chidren.' 'Kelly Bundi' had a delicate past: Her mom have had cancer and her annual check up gave her the bad news, she was positive. In 2008 she went into surgery and did survive. "The key is to get an early diagnose and keep a healthier diet," she said. As a way to keep memories of that past, she took pictures before and after the Surgery. I don't think other women would go this far. Our blond got her husband's support and, "made a big difference in overcoming my personal tragedy," she mused. To proved this cancer wrong, she kept taking roles and getting Ttony and Emmy nominations, even showing her talent at broadway. As of September 2011, she is starring in NBC's comedy, Up all night.


Sheryl Crow

Born February 11, 1962, Sheryl has won nine Grammy Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. If you never knew, she did back vocals for Michael Jackson, Belinda Carlisle, Don Henley and Tina Turner. For three years she dated Lance Armstrong, and curiosly split 2 weeks before she went into surgery. Sorry to hear that. Nonetheless Crow had "minimally invasive" surgery in late February 2006.

We all have choices and a mind, and Sheryl added acupuncture, and herbal teas to her radiation treatment. She did write a book in partnership with her personal Chef, where they recommend specific recipes and vitamins, that she did take during her post operation. 'All she wanted to do is have some fun..' and she did.

Melissa Etheridge

Melissa was born on may 29, 1961. Her style gained popularity for her confessional lyrics. Her guitar did the rest together with her raspy voice. Coming out as a Lesbian in 1993, she endured a prolific career. We suspect that she waited until his father passing away the same year she came out and we cannot judge. "Womanhood is tested, when you lose your hair, and it is really traumatic," she said. "I was proud of my baldness and became a true advocate, " she told us. She was diagnose on October, 2004, right before the holidays. Brave enough, she attended the Grammy Awards in 2005. And to make sure this cancer belonged to the past she won an Oscar for best song for Al Gore's movie, "an inconvenient truth"


Olivia Newton-John

Born on 26 September 1948 in Cambridge, England to a Welsh father and a German mum, this multi talented singer excelled in Pop, Country, and adult contemporary. If you see her sweetness is because she was raised to be a good girl. How can you forget her smile at Grease?

Our "Sandy" was diagnose in 1992. And is a real survivor. "Depending, again, on how often you get your check ups, you can make a difference between invasive and treatable," Said Olivia. She founded the 'Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia.' "More than a normal Hospital, we look to connect mind, body and spirit in our treatment."


Kate Jackson

Born October 29, 1948. Kate Jackson is perhaps best known for her role as Sabrina Duncan at the 70's series, Charlie's Angels. Today she is in charge of producing different shows. Her looks are unique being born in Birmingham Alabama. Is our personal thought.

Kate went through a difficult ordeal on the early 90's. Her frequent mammograms showed recurrence, but she never stop her fight. She is an example, like the other ladies, of courage and perseverance. "If you don't do it, doctors will think you are giving up on yourself, and that's half of a battle lost," said our Charlie's Angel. What we noticed was her sensitiveness around Farrah's passing away. "She fought to the end, and that was an example for a sister, who was me," she finished telling us very emotional. Thanks for those years... and your natural beauty Kate.


Kylie Minogue

born 28 May 1968, in Melbourne Australia, Kylie Ann Minogue was a star from the beginning. She did Soap Opera's until she was discovered by Rick Astley Recording Company(Stock, Aitken and Waterman). Her big break came with the catchy hit 'The locomotion' back in 1988.

Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36 on 17 May 2005. What a day for bad news. Underwent surgery a week later and started chemotherapy right away. Media coverage and Paparazzi disrupted her post operation recovery. Flown to Paris France for extra care, Kylie overcame cancer. In this picture, she received a doctor honoris causa degree from Chelmsford University for her contribution and awareness on breast cancer.


Carly Simon

Born June 25, 1945, in New York city, The, 'You are so vain' singer, was lucky enough to look for second opinions and she was right. Her operation took place around the time that Linda Mac Cartney was losing her own battle, and that was an emotional load for Carly.

When she was diagnosed, she went to see several physicians and some told her to go ahead, but others thought that she was not going to make it. One Morning she went to see this Doctor who was brave enough to tell her, " I'd rather see this tumor in the jar and not inside of you!" Carly trusted her own guts and gave permission to this doctor. What a roller coaster of a life!!



born July 5, 1963 in Broklynn New York, Eddie Falco made small roles before being noticed for the role of Carmela. A struggling actress in the early nineties, Eddie showed talent with few complains, that gained her notoriety. During a shooting of the Soprano's back in 2003, her fears were confirmed. She was positive, but never quit filming until the day of her surgery. "I took with optimism and that was a good sign," she said. After she was fine she went and adopted a kid. We think her mind was already set to win.


Betsey Johnson

American fashion designer born in august 1942, in Wethersfield Connecticut, Betsey showed a knack for designing from her early years. She took many dance classes as a child and adolescent which inspired her love of costumes. Being an intern at Mademoiselle Magazine gave her a boost she never regretted.

In 2002, Johnson was diagnosed with this terrible disease and ultimately underwent a lumpectomy and radiation treatment. She has donated money to a campaign called Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.

We wish all these ladies well!

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jeyaramd 4 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

The best defense against breast cancer is to not lose your faith when all else seems to be losing theirs. Its important to keep on doing the things that you enjoy. There is no way that any disease can truly take you down; unless you choose to let it take you down. To lead by example is the best defense against cancer. Thanks for sharing.

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow Mr. Lord I love this hub.. thank you for writing it.. what a great tribute to all of them and all ladies everywhere. great research too.

why aren't you watching the super bowl? LOL

voted way up friend


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I knew a lot of these women you've featured here have had breast cancer, but there are a few I didn't know about. Great hub and I too wish all of these women the best and full lives.

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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

My mom's a survivor and ever since she's been diagnosed we've been active in trying to do anything we can to help. I'm glad now that because of research and innovation, it is not what it used to be 30 years ago. Very good hub! Voted up and shared!

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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

I have recently read something interesting about breast cancer. There is some thought that "bra"'s might actually contribute to breast cancer, especially those with underwires. Bra's are thought to restrict the flow of lymphatic fluid which could cause the breast cancer. I just thought I would share.

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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California

Wonderful hub, thanks for putting this together. I did not know Cristina Applegate was among one of them. I hope people will be more concious of eating whole foods, especially the cancer-preventing ones.

Voted up and shared!

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi JeyaraMD,

Hold it!! got a touch down!! Where were we? Oh! Yeah, you are so right about giving people this kind of advice. Breast cancer is a horrendous experience. And the ladies need to be on her five senses to cope with it. Thanks!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Good evening Debbie Brook, aside from jokes, this is a serious hub, hope I did put something of my own to contribute to some awareness... Oh!! Tom Brady please!!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi Susan,

I don't watch football games, not even a superbowl... Sorry boss!! Sorry Paul!

There were the ones who didn't make it and they deserve another hub. This terrible modern plague have to dissapear eventually. DNA researching and the top notch physicians have to do better. Thanks Susan for your kind comment


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hey Alecia,

I'm with you and your mom. Mothers don't deserve this calamity on thier shoulders. You are right, There has been improvement in equipmnet for detection and chemo. Hope you also are fine!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

I hear you homesteadbound,

This might fall under the category of adquired mutations, and it needs to be addressed. I don't want to blame the 'Bra' manufacturers, but there migth be an entity in DC who will, and should have to look into the issue. Thanks for the Info.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Thanks for your words Turtlewoman,

I certainly believe that food plays a key role in the process and development of these tumorous cells. lymphatic fluid might get affected too, but let's hear from the experts. Thanks again!


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

Breast Cancer is a real problem in my family. I've already had my first mammogram and I'm 36.

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi again Flora,

You might know by now that you can do a quick self evaluation. The 35 years threshold doesn't mean nothing. Any one can get affected at any age. A nephew who was 4 died of Cancer . This is a Worldwide modern plague. Around 600,000 died annualy and that is inadmissible for our advancements.. and research.


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Great hub, Lord! I think we all see movie stars sometimes as invincible.

To follow up on @homeinstead's comment. There is something to the "bra" thing. I got that straight from my radiologist when I had some issues come up - underwire bras in particular. He acted as if it was commmon knowledge (huh???) I think most of us ladies have missed that "memo"!

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

I was talking to some ladies about this issue and there might be something fishy about it. Is like knowing that Hydrogene fuel would be better for the environment and our future... but oil companies would stop it by all means! So the memo have been trashed even before you Women go to the hospital. We know can foods are full of preservatives, but for the sake of tasteness and shipping purposes, we don't mind them. And you just told us that radiologists know more than we thought. I guess they will tell their moms that is better to skip these brands. Only in America?


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida


I thank you from my heart for writing this wonderful hub as a tribute to woman who have triumph over breast cancer; and my sister being one of them.

Especially, since you are a man writing this about the most intimate part of a woman's body. Which shows us all what a great writer and person you are for doing this for us all.

It affects all women differently--whereas, my sister was a trooper, but I would probably be totally distraught.

Yes, I believe that diet does matter greatly,one should eat more clean raw veggies, fresh fruits-(know what country they are coming from and research any issue)

eat more white meat and seafood, fresh water fish. And drink plenty of water--and if walking is the only exercise one can work into their day--then walk.

Thank you again,

Your Hub Friend,


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author


Comments like these, make worth our writing, and it doesnt have to be a man, who write this...is another soul that can go all over, and find inspiration for writing. Hope you have a wonderful year.


kelleyward 4 years ago

Great Hub Lord loved it! My mom's a recent survivor and its nice to be reminded how many people beat this horrible disease. Thanks for all the effort you put into this article. I'm inspired!

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi Kelley!

You've come a long way my friend! Happy for you!! Glad you are a sweet mom. I know you love your kids. An I was a mom's boy, that's why I write on behalf of you ladies. Thanks!!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

LORD, excellent tribute to these ladies... I didn't know most of these women had battled this disease. I admire their strength. Thanks for honoring them. Up and shared.

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