October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a time to pay homage to the survivors who were able to fight the illness and remember those who died. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one out of every eight women in the United States will receive a breast cancer diagnosis during her lifetime. In 2023, it’s estimated that 297,790 women and 2,800 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, Black women are 40% more likely to receive breast cancer than white women. Also, the mortality rate for Black women under 50 is twice as high as that for white women in the same age group. See some of our favorite Black women celebrities who have conquered breast cancer.
Good Morning America host Robin Roberts shared her breast cancer diagnosis in 2007 after discovering a lump during a self-examination. During her journey with the cancer, viewers witnessed her shave her head and discuss the challenges and triumphs of undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery.
Noted comedian Wanda Sykes underwent breast-reduction surgery in 2011. As a result of the surgery, it unexpectedly led to the discovery of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which is commonly referred to as stage 0 breast cancer. Given her family’s breast cancer history, Sykes underwent a double mastectomy.
Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway received a ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) diagnosis, or stage 0 breast cancer.
Ananda Lewis hosted BET’s Teen Summit and MTV’s TRL from the 80s to the early 2000s. In 2020, she publicly revealed a stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis. Lewis shared that she had been fighting the disease for two years.
Bershan Shaw, known for appearing on The Real Housewives of New York City, received a stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis in 2007.
Dr. Jackie has been a practicing OB/GYN in Atlanta, Georgia, but now is known as a reality television star on Bravo’s hit show, “Married to Medicine.” She’s also a two-time breast cancer survivor. She also founded the 50 Shades of Pink Foundation for Breast Cancer Warriors.