Cancer: How Celebrities Deal with It!

By Winni Jeong

Around a month ago, Sheryl Crow assured her fans on her Facebook page stating “please don’t worry about my ‘brain tumor.’ It’s a non-cancerous growthI’m OK.” At her recent concert, she had told her audience about having a benign brain tumor called meningioma. This benign type of tumor has strongly been associated with breast cancer among women. Likewise, in 2006, Crow had also faced breast cancer, which was discovered after her routine mammogram. As such, Crow have done many activities to increase breast cancer awareness to stress the importance of regular breast cancer screenings.

Though Sheryl Crow went public on her brain tumor, she was reluctant to share her breast cancer experience in the media at first.  If such a devastating experience hit us, wouldn’t we also not want so much public attention and rather focus on recovering? Nevertheless, some actual stood the scrutiny as they allowed the public to follow and cheer their daily battles; others revealed their conditions only once they were on the course to recovery. Either ways, they were great methods to inspire others and to increase awareness about cancer. Likewise, nowadays, we can say that Crow has certainly done her share in increasing breast cancer awareness and stressing the importance of regular breast cancer screenings. After all, she has even donated proceeds from her singles to various breast cancer charities.

Overall, me being a women and breast cancer being the most common cancer in women, I find it crucial to know how these female celebrities had dealt with their cancer battles. What’s more, I was very much surprised that those celebrities were in their 30s and 40s. As research shows, age is an important risk to this type of disease. As such, experts recommend that more frequent regular mammogram screenings be taken the older you get.

List of Some of the Celebrity Breast Cancer Survivors:

-          Christina Applegate (36): actress; diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008

-          Cynthia Nixon (40): well known for her Sex and the City character; actress; routine mammogram revealed tumor; now acts as the Ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure (New York-based cancer charity)

-          Lance Armstrong: athlete diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996; has founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation (network of support for cancer patients)

-          Kylie Minogue (36): Australian pop star; had a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation

-          Scott Hamilton: figure skater; survived testicular cancer and has founded an organization called The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative (promotes cancer awareness and raises funds for cancer research)

-          Suzanne Somers: actress and author underwent breast cancer; continues to promote cancer awareness and the importance of regular cancer screenings

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