Here are 14 female celebrities who survived major cancer scares, and managed to craft an inspiring story around their battle with cancer to help other women identify and overcome the symptoms of the same disease.
1. Christina Applegate.
In 2008, the lovely actress who played Kelly Bundy on the Married with Children sitcom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, she caught it early, after undergoing further testing that went beyond regular mammograms-including MRI screening and a biopsy. The cancer was located only in the left breast; however, after seeing a surgeon and an oncologist and finding out that her test for breast cancer gene (BRCA) came back positive, Christina decided to undergo bilateral mastectomy. At this point, the actress has managed to put this traumatic episode behind her, and is involved in campaigns meant to raise awareness about the importance of early detection, and facilitate women’s access to genetic testing and MRIs-two life-saving elements that are not covered by most insurance companies.