10 Celebrities Who Bravely Battled Breast Canc*r

10. Cynthia Nixon

Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon is no stranger to cancer. At the very early age of 12 she witnessed her mother battle and survive breast cancer. And in 2006, Nixon received her own breast cancer diagnosis after her yearly mammogram detected a lump in her breast.
10. Cynthia Nixon

9. Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John, who is best known for her role as Sandy in Grease, proved that following your instincts can be the best medicine. After a self breast exam, Newton-John found a suspicious lump in her breast. However, both an MRI and a needle biopsy came back negative for breast cancer. But Olivia Newton-John wasn’t convinced that she was cancer free. So, she followed her gut and asked for further testing.
9. Olivia Newton-John

8. Peter Criss

Yes, you read the name right. Peter Criss, the drummer of the legendary rock band KISS, battled breast cancer. In 2007, after Criss found a suspicious and painful lump in his chest, he saw his doctor and underwent several tests. A nodule was found, which was suspected to be benign. However, after biopsying the lump in February of 2008, it was discovered to be cancerous.
8. Peter Criss

7. Christina Applegate

After finding a lump in her breast at the age of 36, Christina Applegate chose to have a bilateral mastectomy followed by several reconstructive surgeries. In part, the star’s decision came from testing positive for the BRCA1 gene, a genetic mutation that greatly increases a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer. It also came from the support of her mother, Nancy Priddy, who survived breast cancer.
7. Christina Applegate

6. Andrea Mitchell

As NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, Andrea Mitchell is used to delivering news about people from all over the world. But, in September of 2007, the journalist was forced to deliver news of a more personal matter. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
6. Andrea Mitchell

5. Wanda Sykes

In 2011, comedian Wanda Sykes revealed that she had been diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ – a non invasive form of breast cancer – in her left breast. According to Sykes, the cancer was found during her breast reduction surgery. After receiving her diagnosis, Sykes says she had a choice: she could come back to the doctors every three months to check the cancer’s growth or remove the cancer before it was able to grow.
5. Wanda Sykes

4. Giuliana Rancic

As the star of the seven-season long reality TV show, Giuliana & Bill, and an E! News anchor, Giuliana Rancic is used to the public eye. She has documented everything from her marriage to Bill Rancic to a long bumpy road of infertility. But in October of 2011, Rancic showed the world the heartbreak of discovering she had breast cancer. A cancerous tumor was found during a doctor ordered mammogram before her third round of IVF. The Italian-American star initially chose to have a lumpectomy, however the surgery failed to remove all of the cancer cells. With her husband by her side, Rancic had a double mastectomy and immediate reconstructive surgery. Now, over three years later, the star remains cancer free and is the proud mother of a baby boy named Duke. 3. Robin Roberts
4. Giuliana Rancic

3. Robin Roberts

In 2007, during a self-breast exam, Robin Roberts, a co-anchor on Good Morning America, found a lump in her breast. She immediately had a mammogram, ultrasound, and needle biopsy. The tests confirmed that the tumor was not only cancerous, but a very aggressive form of breast cancer called triple-negative cancer. Roberts, who was 46-years-old at the time, underwent a partial mastectomy and then an aggressive course of chemotherapy. Since battling breast cancer, Robin Roberts has used her platform as a daily news anchor to advocate for early detection practices. 2. Joan Lunden
3. Robin Roberts

2. Joan Lunden

Another Good Morning America, anchor, Joan Lunden, revealed just recently that she has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. The 63-year-old wife and mother is currently undergoing chemotherapy to shrink two tumors in her breasts. When her chemotherapy is complete, Lunden will undergo a lumpectomy to remove the remaining cancer cells. Joan Lunden has not allowed her breast cancer diagnosis to change her optimistic outlook. She also hasn’t allowed the diagnosis to slow her down. Lunden recently appeared completely bald on the cover of People magazine. 1. Melissa Etheridge
2. Joan Lunden

1. Melissa Etheridge

While touring, during the summer of 2004, Melissa Etheridge felt sick and fatigued. When she found a lump in her left breast she returned home to Los Angeles, CA to consult her doctor. After a biopsy, Etheridge received the devastating news that she had breast cancer. Etheridge underwent surgery to remove the 4-centimeter tumor from her breast. Shortly after she had another biopsy, this time of her sentinel lymph node. The tests confirmed that the cancer had spread. Melissa Etheridge had 14 lymph nodes removed and was treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. At the end of her final round of chemotherapy, Etheridge was asked to sing in a tribute to Janis Joplin at the Grammy Awards. The star accepted and took the stage. Completely bald, she reclaimed her place on stage after  a hard fought victory over breast cancer.
1. Melissa Etheridge