Breast cancer affects all people but the risk is much higher in women, which is why October is a special month for Vixen. In honor of the first week of the month, here are several women women whose lives have been affected by breast cancer in some way. Some of these women are survivors, some have passed away, and some just want to help in support in the research.
Make sure you know the status of your boobs and check out how certain stars have been supporting breast cancer research.
She’s been battling breast cancer and its aftermath since 2007.
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She was the first black woman to win an Academy Award, however her career was short lived due to breast cancer. After being diagnosed, she became to ill to work and later passed away from the illness.
The first black supermodel Naomi Sims died of breast cancer in 2009.
After losing her best friend to breast cancer, Gab became an avid supporter for breast cancer research.
Halle Berry hosted 2011 The Revlon Run/Walk For Women’s Cancer.
She lost one of her sisters to breast cancer.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988. She beat it and credits Chinese medicine for that.
Before her passing, she was a breast cancer survivor for over 30 years.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. She is now a survivor of the disease and activist for the cause.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 while undergoing treatment for in-vitro fertilization.
She’s six years breast cancer free.
Her mother beat breast cancer and ever since, she’s been an avid support in cancer research. She’s also the spokesperson for Taking Charge of Breast Cancer.
In 2011, Wanda Sykes was diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer. She chose to have a double mastectomy to eliminate it getting worse.
She participated in the Revlon Run/Walk for Women in 2001.
He’s a survivor of breast cancer and speaks out about it. He also spoke at the Sixth Annual Take-A-Hike breast cancer research benefit in 2001.
She has a long history of supporting the cause. She also hosted The Denise Roberts Breast Cancer Foundation in 2010.
In 2004, the Grammy nominated singer passed away from congestive heart failure. She got it from radiation treatment for breast cancer.
Her mother also beat breast cancer when she was young and she’s been a supporter her whole life. She uses her show to promote awareness as every October she dedicates her show to the cause to help raise money.
The famous jazz singer battled breast cancer her entire life.
Not only did she help make interracial dating acceptable with her character in The Jeffersons, but Lenny Kravitz’s mother also dealt with breast cancer. She unfortunately lost the battle in 1996 at 66 years old.
Minka was personally affected by breast cancer because it took her mother. Since then she’s become a major advocate for self-examinations and breast cancer screening.
The Caribbean American writer was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1978 and had a mastectomy to remove her breast.
She battled breast cancer for many years until her passing in 2003.
Maya Rudolph’s mom passed away at 31 due to her breast cancer diagnosis.