Celebrities who have publicly battled breast cancer

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Celebrities Who Have Publicly Battled Breast Cancer

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The best way to beat the disease? Early detection. October 1st kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness and funds for research, so we're shining a light on some of our favorite celebs who have battled the disease.

'Sex and the City' star Cynthia Nixon and singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow were each diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. Both ladies were in their mid 40s. Christina Applegate learned she had breast cancer in 2008 at just 36 years old. 'Grease' star Olivia Newton John battled breast cancer in the early 90's. She underwent a partial mastectomy and has been cancer-free over two decades.

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'Good Morning America's' Robin Roberts caught her breast cancer in the early stages back in 2007--she returned to the anchor desk after undergoing chemotherapy, while NBC's Today Show Co-Host Hoda Kotb allowed actual Today Show cameras to document her cancer treatment in 2007.

TV actress Maura Tierney known for roles on 'ER' and 'The Affair' is currently in remission after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 at age 42.


Celebrities who have publicly battled the disease:

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Toronto, Canada - September, 17 2015 - Actress Cynthia Nixon (best known for Sex and the City) was in Toronto promoting her indie film JAMES WHITE. TIFF15, Toronto International Film Festival September 17, 2015 (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Sheryl Crowe arrives at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ (Photo credit should read ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 01: Christina Applegate arrives at Dizzy Feet Foundation's 5th Annual Celebration Of Dance Gala held at Club Nokia on August 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Actress and singer Olivia Newton-John performs at the American Music Theatre on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Lancaster, Pa. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Robin Roberts arrives at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Hoda Kotb seen at backstage at the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 presented by Macy's during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on Thursday, February 12, 2015 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Kathy Bates, a cast member in the FX series "American Horror Story: Hotel," poses for a portrait during the 2015 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 10: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been digitally altered) Actress Maura Tierney of Showtime's 'The Affair' poses in the Getty Images Portrait Studio powered by Samsung Galaxy at the 2015 Summer TCA's at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 10, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)
US actress and UNHCR ambassador Angelina Jolie stands during a visit to a camp for displaced Iraqis in Khanke, a few kilometres (miles) from the Turkish border in Iraq's Dohuk province, on January 25, 2015. Run by authorities from the three-province autonomous Kurdish region of north Iraq with the help of the United Nations refugee agency, the UNHCR, Khanke aims to house 18,000 people, said the agency's Liena Veide. AFP PHOTO/SAFIN HAMED (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13 NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Portrait Studio, August 2015 -- Pictured: TV personality Giuliana Rancic from 'Fashion Police' poses for a portrait at the NBCUniversal Summer Press Day during the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton on August 12, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by: Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FILE - This April 21, 2012 file photo shows author Judy Blume attending the LA Times Festival of Books at the USC Campus in Los Angeles. Blume says she was diagnosed with breast cancer over the summer but is "feeling stronger every day" after surgery. The 74-year-old Blume wrote on her blog Wednesday, Aug. 5, that she learned in June that she had cancer and underwent a mastectomy and reconstruction in late July. She writes that she now walks a couple of miles each morning and dines out at night. Blume hopes to begin writing again soon.(AP Photo/Katy Winn, file)
SIMI VALLEY, CA - JULY 05: Nancy Reagan attends The Grand Opening of D23 Presents Treasures of The Walt Disney Archives on July 5, 2012 in Simi Valley, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/FilmMagic)
Sharon Osbourne arrive at the 22nd Annual Race To Erase MS Event on Friday, April 24, 2015, in Los Angeles (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Wanda Sykes during the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The event marks the 50th anniversary of a protest outside Independence Hall that would be a milestone in the fight for gay rights. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 24: Reporter Linda Ellerbee speaks during the 36th Annual Gracie Awards Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 24, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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In 2012, actress Kathy Bates took to Twitter to reveal she'd dropped off the Hollywood scene because she was recovering from a double mastectomy.

And at the end of 2013, Angelina Jolie inspired countless women when she shared with the world that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy after finding out that she carries the BRCA gene mutation.

Remember, cancer doesn't discriminate, no matter how famous you are. So talk to your doctor, learn how to do a self breast exam and get your mammograms.

Learn the warning signs and risk factors for breast cancer:
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Risk factors of breast cancer: obesity

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Risk factors of breast cancer: lack of exercise

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Risk factors of breast cancer: alcohol use

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Risk factors of breast cancer: an unhealthy diet

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Risk factors of breast cancer: smoking

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Common signs of breast cancer: a breast mass that is hard and/or irregular 

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Common signs of breast cancer: changes in the skin of the breast such as puckering, irritation, scaling, dimpling, redness or thickening

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Common signs of breast cancer: swelling of all or part of the breast, even with no specific lump

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Common signs of breast cancer: enlargement or swelling of the lymph nodes in the armpit area

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Common signs of breast cancer: nipple discharge, that is not breast milk

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Common signs of breast cancer: nipple retraction, which looks like a turning inward of the nipple

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