Like many celebrities, actress Cynthia Nixon of Sex and the City fame chose not to reveal her breast cancer diagnosis until after the fact. Diagnosed in 2006, she had a lumpectomy and then six and a half weeks of radiation therapy, according to a Fox News report. Nixon, whose mother is also a breast cancer survivor, stated that knowing her personal risk "made me more aware and more empowered when I faced my own diagnosis." She also joined the Susan G. Komen organization to help educate women around the world about breast cancer.
Grammy Award-winning singer Melissa Etheridge not only beat breast cancer, she also wrote a song dedicated to breast cancer survivors titled I Run for Life. As Etheridge told Everyday Health, after her diagnosis with stage 2 breast cancer in 2004, she had a lumpectomy and 15 lymph nodes removed and underwent five rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. She is donating all record royalties from the song to breast cancer charities.