October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in recognition of this, 24/7 Wall St. decided to highlight several well-known women who have defeated the disease. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, with 245,299 new cases reported in 2016 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Breast cancer is most commonly diagnosed in women who are 55 years and older.
About one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. After lung cancer, it is the second leading cause of death from cancer among women. These are the most common types of cancer in men and women.
24/7 Wall St. compiled a list of 30 famous women who survived their battle with breast cancer. We reviewed sources such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation to create our list, which features women who were diagnosed at a range of ages and from a variety of professions. We only included women who have completed treatment and are now cancer-free.
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Three women on this list have died, although not from their bout with breast cancer. Shirley Temple Black, Happy Rockefeller, and Betty Ford all go down in history as women who raised awareness of the disease during the 1970s, a time when such ailments were not publicly discussed. All three women defeated breast cancer and lived long lives.