Cynthia Dixon is an American actress who is well known for her role in sex and the city. In 2006 at age 40 a routine mammogram discovered a small tumour in her breast. Cynthia’s mother had previously had breast cancer and beaten it twice, so Cynthia knew she was more susceptible to it and knew to regularly check her breasts (Donna 2008). She was treated with lumpectomy and six weeks of radiation, and remains cancer free nearly 10 years on. Cynthia is now an ambassador for a breast cancer organisation, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (Abby 2012).
Sheryl crow – an American singer – was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 at the age of 44. Sheryl had been having mammograms since she was 35 due to difficulties in self-examining due to her breast tissue. Her stage 1 cancer was treated with a lumpectomy and 7 weeks of radiation (Corcoran 2014).
Anastacia singer of “I’m outta love” was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 aged 34 after visiting her doctor to discuss a breast reduction. The singer underwent a partial mastectomy and radiation. In 2013, Anastacia’s breast cancer returned and she fought this with a double mastectomy. In an interview Anastacia stated that; ‘Early detection has saved my life twice. I will continue to battle and lend my voice in anyway I can.’ (Bull 2013)
Angelina Jolie is a well-known actor and director who has been renowned in recent years for her action against breast and ovarian cancer. Angelina had an increased risk of cancer as her mother, aunt and grandmother unfortunately developed cancer and lost their lives to it. Although she was not diagnosed with breast cancer, she made the brave decision to have a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction as well as preventative surgery for ovarian cancer which greatly reduced her likeliness of contracting the disease. Angelina considered her options, risks and benefits with a number of health care professionals before taking this step (Jolie 2013).
Sally Dynevor who plays Sally Webster in the popular TV soap Coronation Street, was 46 when she was diagnosed with cancer. Her cancer was found due to a cancer storyline she was playing in street in 2010. This spurred her into having a breast examination and this is when her grade 1 cancer was found. After fighting cancer she now lives a healthier life in order to reduce the risk of the cancer returning (DailyRecord 2010; Now Magazine 2012)
Actress Krysta Rodrigues was diagnosed with stage 2b cancer after finding blood coming from her nipple. She had no family history and had not felt a lump. She was diagnosed in 2014 and has kept a blog updating her fans on her journey beating cancer –krystacouture.com. Her treatments have included chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a double mastectomy (Cosmopolitan 2015).