National Cancer Awareness Day is celebrated on November 7 in India and it aims at spreading awareness about cancer, its treatment and symptoms. Most people aren’t aware about the type of cancers that exist and the treatment that is available for this deadly disease. National Cancer Awareness Day had started in the year 2014 when it was announced by the Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. While this day is celebrated in India, we bring you a list of Hollywood celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Maggie Smith, and others who have had a mastectomy- the surgical procedure of removing one or both breasts.
Angelina Jolie: Angelina Jolie’s announcement of a double mastectomy in 2013 was met with a huge amount of love and support from her fans. She had undergone a double mastectomy as a preventive measure as she carried a genetic mutation that increased her risk of breast cancer. She wrote in an article in The New York Times, sharing about her mother’s 10-year-long battle with breast cancer, and how her kids worry if the same would happen to her "They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a 'faulty' gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer," she wrote. ALSO READ: National Cancer Awareness Day 2019: Sonali Bendre, Lisa Ray, Rishi Kapoor, Manisha Koirala And Others Who Braved The Deadly C
Sharon Osbourne: Television personality Sharon Osbourne, more famously known for being the former judge on America’s Got Talent revealed to Hello! Magazine in 2012 that she underwent a double mastectomy after finding out that she was at risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective gene that made her more susceptible to the dreadful disease. She had told Hello! Magazine, “It was a no-brainer. I didn't want to live the rest of my life with that shadow hanging over me."
Giuliana Rancic: Guiliana Rancic, Italian-American entertainment reporter and co-anchor of E! News, underwent a double mastectomy in 2011 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her treatment included radiation and a lumpectomy.
Christina Applegate: Christina Applegate underwent a double mastectomy in 2008 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She also tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation. While the cancer was only in one breast, she had a double mastectomy as her mother also had breast cancer.
Wanda Sykes: Comedian Wanda Sykes had a double mastectomy after she was diagnosed with early stage of breast cancer. She didn’t want the risk as her mother’s side of the family had it and while talking to PEOPLE magazine, she said, “We never hid anything from the kids. They were a huge part of my decision because I wanted to be around for them.”
Maggie Smith: Dame Maggie Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, when she was filming for Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince. Smith plays the role of Professor McGonagall in the famous Harry Potter franchise, and had to go through chemotherapy and in an interview with Telegraph.co.uk, she said that her intensive treatment had left her frightened of returning to the stage.
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