In the United States alone, an estimated 231,840 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, according to the National Cancer Institute. (About 2,350 men are also expected to develop the disease.) Given those statistics, it’s no wonder that some of those diagnosed will be celebrities. Many famous people cope by using their star status to raise awareness of the disease and share their stories so that others with breast cancer will know they are not alone. Here are 17 celebrities who have faced breast cancer.
In August 2015, actress Shannen Doherty confirmed to People magazine that she was being treated for breast cancer. The news came out after it was reported on TMZ that Doherty was suing her former business manager for failing to pay her health insurance premiums, causing her coverage to lapse, and causing the cancer to be detected at a later stage than it otherwise would have been. According to the lawsuit, the cancer was “metastatic to at least one lymph node” at the time it was discovered.
The 44-year-old actress is best remembered for her roles on the television shows Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed, although she had an early career hit on Little House on the Prairie.