According to Breastcancer.org, about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. This is a shocking statistic and it probably means that you have had a friend, family member, or even a favorite celebrity that has battled with breast cancer. It’s important to remind ourselves how prevalent breast cancer is and take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves. Here’s a list of strong women that battled breast cancer while in the public eye that may be one of your favorite celebrities.

Giuliana Rancic

If you’re an avid E! News watcher, then you are familiar with this face. Giuliana Rancic is a former host of E! News, host of Fashion Police, and star of her own reality show. In October 2011, the 36-year-old received a mammogram as a step in treatment for infertility and unfortunately discovered a tumor. She underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.

Cynthia Nixon

If you were a Sex and The City fan, you will recognize this actress as the red haired lawyer, Miranda. In 2006, Cynthia had a lumpectomy, a surgery that removes abnormal tissue from your breast, and radiation therapy. She was quiet about her diagnosis in order to battle on her own, but later revealed her fortunate victory with the public.

Sharon Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne’s wife and former America’s Got Talent host, Sharon Osbourne had a unique run in with breast cancer. Unlike the ladies above, she decided to undergo a preventive double mastectomy in 2012 after discovering she had the breast cancer gene. She had previously fought colon cancer and decided that she was not going to take the chances with another run in with cancer.

Christina Applegate

Christina has starred in hilarious films and television shows such as Anchorman, married with children, and more. In 2008, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in one breast. However, she decided to not take any risks. She underwent a double mastectomy in order to drastically lower her chances of the breast cancer returning. Applegate later went on to start up a nonprofit that provides financial aid for women at high risk of breast cancer.

Breast cancer is a sad truth of life that needs to be addressed. Chances are that you know many women that have battled through breast cancer and we should take a moment to applaud them. To each and every person that has unfortunately dealt with breast cancer, we are all here to say you are amazing. At Advanced Imaging Centers, we understand that breast cancer awareness is key to fighting back! If you need to schedule your annual mammogram, contact us here. We would love to care for you!