The daughter of a breast cancer survivor, Christina Applegate knew how important it was to get routine mammograms. In 2008, Applegate added MRIs to her screening process, which led her doctor to find cancer in her left breast. Since she also carried the BRCA gene, the actress opted to have a double mastectomy. After her procedure, Applegate became an advocate for early detection. She also collaborated on a line of greeting cards for her charity, Right Action for Women, to help raise funds and get her message out.
After losing her grandmother to breast cancer, Elizabeth Hurley became one of the most vocal celebrities promoting awareness. She has been active in Este Lauder's Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, and the beauty brand even created a shade of "Elizabeth Pink" lipstick on behalf of Hurley's efforts. Sales of the lipstick benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Minka Kelly unfortunately lost her mother to breast cancer, which prompted the Charlie's Angels star to become a public advocate for self-examinations and breast cancer screening. In 2009, she appeared in a PSA called "The Booby Scare" urging women to "touch a tit" to help with early detection.
Taylor Swift has not only performed at An Unforgettable Evening for the Women's Cancer Research Fund, the singer frequently sports products whose proceeds go to breast cancer research. Swift wore the Lisa for LOFT breast cancer awareness bracelet during an appearance on The View.
Supermodel Kate Moss posed with fellow model Twiggy in the Breakthrough Breast Cancer t-shirt campaign on behalf of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. Moss also donated a pair of her shoes and a designer handbag to an auction benefiting Breast Cancer Care organized by Sadie Frost.
Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and underwent chemotherapy, which she described as a "test of your sanity." Etheridge has now been in remission for seven years, during which she has served as an artist ambassador for Hard Rock's Pinktober campaign. The campaign includes a series of concerts and celebrity events to raise money and breast cancer awareness.
Australian singer Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and underwent chemotherapy and surgery. The singer was internationally acknowledged for the impact she made by publicly divulging information about her cancer diagnosis and treatment. The French Cultural Minister Christine Albanel even said, "Doctors now even go as far as saying there is a 'Kylie effect' that encourages young women to have regular checks."
Cynthia Nixon's mother survived breast cancer when the actress was 12. Then, in 2006, Nixon received her own diagnosis. She immediately underwent a lumpectomy and radiation treatment. Nixon is now the spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation, saying, "I want them [women] most to hear me saying that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. So the only thing to really be afraid of is if you don't go get your mammograms, because there's some part of you that doesn't want to know, and that's the thing that's going to trip you up."
Rob Lowe lost his mother to breast cancer, and his grandmother and great-grandmother also suffered from the disease. In 2000, Lowe was the first male spokesperson for the annual Lee National Denim Day fundraiser, which has raised more than $83 million in the fight against breast cancer.
Even before her own diagnosis in 2006, Sheryl Crow was an advocate for breast cancer awareness and education. Now cancer free, Crow helps raise funds for breast cancer research and talks about the "superfoods" diet she credits with keeping her healthy.
If you watch NBC's Parenthood, you know that Lauren Graham plays Sarah Braverman. However, ER star Maura Tierney was originally cast in the role. Tierney unfortunately had to bow out when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. After undergoing surgery, her doctors informed the actress that her cancer was more aggressive than previously thought. Now in remission, Tierney has returned to television.
At the end of September, Wanda Sykes made a shocking revelation: The actress had undergone a double mastectomy after her doctors diagnosed her with stage-zero DCIS cancer. This type of cancer has not yet broken through the milk ducts and accounts for 25 percent of all breast cancer diagnoses. The actress went public with this revelation to promote early detection.