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Being rich and famous doesn't make you immune to cancer, and these women showed us what courage looks like by sharing their stories. Here's a quick look at some familiar names who went public with their illness.
After initially keeping her diagnosis to herself, the Sex and the City star went public with her breast cancer. She later went on to be an outspoken advocate for breast cancer research, including serving as the official spokeswoman for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
The co-anchor of the fourth hour of Today was very open about her breast cancer, including her post-illness body, which she described as looking like "a road map." She underwent an extensive eight-hour surgery, which included a mastectomy and reconstruction.
Applegate was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Luckily, her doctors caught it early enough and were able to successfully treat her. She then decided to have a double mastectomy as a preventative measure because she carries the BRCA gene, making her prone to breast and ovarian cancer.
It took two years and eight doctors before Fran Drescher received a correct diagnosis of uterine cancer. She has gone on to be a vocal advocate for women's health and continues to spread the message of trusting women when we say that something is wrong with our own body.
Wanda Sykes went in for a routine breast-reduction surgery when the doctors found very early-stage cancer in her left breast. She then decided to have a double mastectomy as a preventative measure, as breast cancer runs in her family.
After Joan Lunden was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, she immediately began sharing her journey with her fans through her website and Today. She stressed the importance of being your own patient advocate and trying not to worry about losing your hair.
Back in 2002, Cybill Shepherd was diagnosed with skin cancer, which she attributed to not using sunscreen as a child. She had surgery to remove the cancerous growth and now ensures she's protected from the sun.
The treatment for Robin Roberts' breast cancer did rid her of the disease, but then ended up giving her a rare blood disorder. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon, and Roberts drew much-needed attention to this less talked-about aspect of chemotherapy.
Melissa Etheridge had a lumpectomy plus five rounds of chemotherapy and radiation to treat her breast cancer in 2005. She has since spoken out about how positive thinking helped in the healing process.