October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Celebrating Breast Cancer Survivors was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Richard Roundtree was diagnosed with a rare male breast cancer in ’93 and underwent a double mastectomy at age 61.

Richard Roundtree was diagnosed with a rare male breast cancer in ’93 and underwent a double mastectomy at age 61.

2. Wanda Sykes found out she had breast cancer when she went in for a breast reduction. She opted for a double mastectomy.

Wanda Sykes found out she had breast cancer when she went in for a breast reduction. She opted for a double mastectomy.

3. Angelina Jolie tested positive for the breast cancer gene BRCA1 in 2014. As a result she had a double mastectomy.

Angelina Jolie tested positive for the breast cancer gene BRCA1 in 2014. As a result she had a double mastectomy.

4. Robin Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and returned to work a month after surgery & chemo. (AP)

Robin Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and returned to work a month after surgery & chemo. (AP)

5. Diahann Carroll was diagnosed in 1998 & 10 years later she had a bestselling comedic book about her battle with breast cancer.

Diahann Carroll was diagnosed in 1998 & 10 years later she had a bestselling comedic book about her battle with breast cancer.

6. Sheryl Crow was diagnosed at age 44 in 2006 and says early detection of the disease is the reason she’s here. (AP)

Sheryl Crow was diagnosed at age 44 in 2006 and says early detection of the disease is the reason she’s here. (AP)

7. Patti LaBelle was diagnosed in 2005 and is cancer-free today. (Photo: AP)

Patti LaBelle was diagnosed in 2005 and is cancer-free today. (Photo: AP)

8. Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 at age 37 and is now cancer free after chemo. (Photo:AP)

Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 at age 37 and is now cancer free after chemo. (Photo:AP)

9. Hoda Kotb was diagnosed in 2006 and underwent a mastectomy & reconstructive surgery. She is now cancer-free. (AP)

Hoda Kotb was diagnosed in 2006 and underwent a mastectomy & reconstructive surgery. She is now cancer-free. (AP)

10. Fashion designer Betsy Johnson was diagnosed in 2002 is now cancer-free. (Photo: AP)

Fashion designer Betsy Johnson was diagnosed in 2002 is now cancer-free. (Photo: AP)

11. Almost 8 years ago, Vanessa Bell Calloway had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery on her right breast on October 26. (PR)

Almost 8 years ago, Vanessa Bell Calloway had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery on her right breast on October 26. (PR)

12. Giuliana Rancic was diagnosed at age 36 and underwent a double mastectomy. (Photo: AP)

Giuliana Rancic was diagnosed at age 36 and underwent a double mastectomy. (Photo: AP)

13. Rene Syler chose to have a preventive mastectomy due to carrying the breast cancer gene. She is cancer-free today and happy. (PR)

Rene Syler chose to have a preventive mastectomy due to carrying the breast cancer gene. She is cancer-free today and happy. (PR)

14. Christina Applegate underwent a double mastectomy and is now cancer-free and working harder than ever. (AP)

Christina Applegate underwent a double mastectomy and is now cancer-free and working harder than ever. (AP)

15. Poet and author Nikki Giovani battled and conqured both lung and breast cancer.

Poet and author Nikki Giovani battled and conqured both lung and breast cancer.

16. Melissa Ethridge was diagnosed in 2004 at age 43. She performed at the 2005 Grammy Awards bald, beautiful & cancer-free.

Melissa Ethridge was diagnosed in 2004 at age 43. She performed at the 2005 Grammy Awards bald, beautiful & cancer-free.

17. Retired WNBA player Edna Campbell is a breast cancer survivor and penned a Breast Cancer Recovery Manual. (AP)

Retired WNBA player Edna Campbell is a breast cancer survivor and penned a Breast Cancer Recovery Manual. (AP)

18. Cynthia Nixon of Sex & the City fame was diagnosed in 2006. She had a lumpectomy and radiation and is now cancer-free.

Cynthia Nixon of Sex & the City fame was diagnosed in 2006. She had a lumpectomy and radiation and is now cancer-free.

19. Peter Criss The ex-KISS drummer who penned the power ballad “Beth” is one the few faces of male breast cancer & survivor. PR

Peter Criss The ex-KISS drummer who penned the power ballad “Beth” is one the few faces of male breast cancer & survivor. PR

20. Actress, director and Oscar-winner Kathy Bates recently revealed she had a double mastectomy and is doing great. PR

Actress, director and Oscar-winner Kathy Bates recently revealed she had a double mastectomy and is doing great. PR

21. Singer, novelist, actress & model Marsha Hunt was diagnosed with Breast cancer in 2004 and is now cancer free. (Pinterest)

Singer, novelist, actress & model Marsha Hunt was diagnosed with Breast cancer in 2004 and is now cancer free. (Pinterest)

22. Actress and civil leader Ruby Dee was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1970. 47 years later and she hasn’t let her beat her down. (PR)

Actress and civil leader Ruby Dee was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1970. 47 years later and she hasn’t let her beat her down. (PR)

23. Oklahoma state Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre is a survivor and a tireless advocate for breast cancer research. (Flickr)

Oklahoma state Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre is a survivor and a tireless advocate for breast cancer research. (Flickr)

24. Motivational speaker Bershan Shaw at age 33 was diagnosed with breast cancer and got through it. Two years later the cancer came back as a stage 4 diagnose, but she worked really hard and beat it then too.

Motivational speaker Bershan Shaw at age 33 was diagnosed with breast cancer and got through it. Two years later the cancer came back as a stage 4 diagnose, but she worked really hard and beat it then too.

25. Nancy Brinker founder of the Susan G Komen for the Cure Foundation is also a breast cancer survivor. (AP)

Nancy Brinker founder of the Susan G Komen for the Cure Foundation is also a breast cancer survivor. (AP)
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