It’s been estimated that roughly 30 percent of newly-diagnosed cancers in women are breast cancer diagnoses. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women after skin cancer, and the often-touted stat is that one in eight women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. These women are your co-workers, your friends, your sisters, your mothers. And while the rate of women succumbing to breast cancer has been steadily decreasing since 2000, we still have a long way to go before we get to a cure, which is why Breast Cancer Awareness Month remains important.
We need to continue to shed light on the strides that science is making toward eradicating breast cancer. We need to continue to encourage women to get their yearly mammograms, to understand how to look out for their health and we need to continue to support women who are battling this disease. In support of them, we’ve rounded up a number of inspiring quotes from some badass women (some whose names you know, some you don’t) who have battled and beaten breast cancer.
Get inspired by these breast cancer survivors’ quotes, share any that inspire you and look for ways to support patients and survivors in your own life.
A version of this story as originally published October 2015.