October 19 is World Breast Cancer Day and, despite this, the reality is that we should try to give it visibility every day. However, it is important that we take advantage of this date to raise awareness in society about how and how much this disease affects, above all, women.
It is sad, but it is real. Fear is one of the main protagonists when we talk about breast cancer and it is not for less, but the time has come to make this start to change. To achieve this, we must know that prevention routines help us to be one step ahead of the disease and, therefore, start the appropriate treatment as soon as possible. Despite being a long battle, the truth is that it can be beaten and from The Look we want you to know the story of these 6 American celebrities who have survived breast cancer.
Breast cancer is one of the most widespread diseases and is the first type of cancer that affects women. The overcoming story of some celebrities are a great example of fight and Shannen Doherty is one of them.
The case of the actress, producer and director from Memphis has been one of the most talked about. This is because, at the time she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Doherty filed a lawsuit against her representative, since she had problems using her insurance money for her chemotherapy treatment.
The disease marked her life on as many as two occasions, being metastatic on the second occasion, meaning it had spread beyond the breast and lymph nodes. Despite the fact that it was most likely to reach the brain, lungs and liver, Doherty decided to fight to the end.
After a long and hard treatment of surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone therapy, the actress has learned to live with the disease and to remain under medical supervision for the rest of her life, in order to be able to fight it.
Known mainly for her role as Miranda Hobbes in the series Sex and the City, Cynthia Nixon has also had to face the battle against breast cancer.
It was in 2006 when she was diagnosed with the disease. However, the actress decided to keep it a secret to avoid the media noise. Two years later, Nixon acknowledged that she had managed to survive breast cancer and committed herself to a project to help breast cancer victims.
She had to undergo six and a half weeks of radiotherapy, after which she underwent a lumpectomy, an operation that removes the entire tumor and saves as much breast tissue as possible.
Born in Chicago in 1968, at the age of 35, Anastacia saw her life change completely. 2003 marked the moment when she would begin her fight against breast cancer and, as she has said, her doctor was her great support in coping with it.
After recovering for the first time, the disease returned to the American pop singer's reality. However, this time, Anastacia decided to put an end to this problem and underwent a mastectomy, something that was possible thanks to her early detection.
Full of courage, the singer decided that she wanted to serve as an example for all those women who might find themselves in the same situation and, using her social networks, she showed the scars left by the operation.
Sheryl Crow's case is very special. The Kennett singer began her battle with breast cancer in 2006. Since then, her life has been completely linked to the disease.
After going through treatment, which involved radiotherapy and a mastectomy, Crow decided to open her own prevention and help center, with the aim of making the battle easier for other women who had to face her same situation.
She was only 36 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Christina Applegate also decided not to go public with her disease until she was completely over it.
Once she put it behind her and won the battle, the Marriage with Children actress decided to have a double mastectomy. There is no doubt that going through something like this marks you forever. Therefore, to prevent it from coming back, she also underwent an operation to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Another breast cancer survivor is the American lawyer and politician, Amy Klobuchar. She was diagnosed thanks to a routine mammogram she had undergone, something very important that we should all consider as a preventive measure.
She had to adopt the best of attitudes and underwent a lumpectomy of the right breast, which led to the removal of the cancer. After this and a course of radiation treatment, as well as additional follow-up visits, Klobuchar was able to join the list of women who have managed to beat this disease.
Angelina Jolie could have prevented it
Sometimes, life warns you that you are facing breast cancer and gives you the opportunity to act in time to avoid it. Being a carrier of the BRAC1 gene, which contributes to the development of breast cancer in breasts and ovaries, increases the risk of suffering from it from 12% to 60%.
This is the case of Angelina Jolie. After her mother fought, for nearly a decade, against breast cancer and died from it, the actress, being a carrier of this gene, decided to undergo a preventive double mastectomy. Thanks to this drastic method, she has managed to considerably reduce her chances of contracting this disease.