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Nine Celebrity Breast Cancer Survivors Who are Fighting for Awareness

Every October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while we go out and buy our pink bags and limited-edition pink sweatshirts in support and commemoration of the occasion, it can be hard to remember the bigger picture. Behind lung cancer, breast cancer is the second biggest cancer killer of women and is one of the most common cancers among US women. One in eight women born today is estimated to be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime, and it can develop as early as their 20s.

Celebrities, while not immune, often use their status and popularity as a way to bring awareness to the cause, with most crusading for early detection. When detected early and still at a localized stage, the survival rate can be as high as 98 percent. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2013-2014 (their latest information) “232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women, as well as an estimated 64,640 additional cases of in situ breast cancer.” Of this total, 39,620 are expected to die from the disease. If you haven’t done a self-breast exam yet this month then it’s time to get on it—we’re sure these ladies would want you to.

Marissa Stempien

Marissa Stempien is a freelance writer and editor with a focus on travel, fashion, lifestyle, and culture. Her work has been featured in a number of print and online publications including ABC News, Popsugar, Huffington Post, JustLuxe, Luxury Living and CityGirlGoneMom. Marissa is an avid traveler and is always looking to visit somewhere new or unexplored. Her unique lifestyle has given way to her...(Read More)

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