In 2008, we were all taken by surprise when actress Christina Applegate announced that she had breast cancer. The 36-year-old's diagnosis immediately debunked the popular myth that breast cancer only affects older women. Just a few weeks later in August, Applegate revealed that she underwent a double mastectomy for both treatment and preventative measures, as she has a family history of breast cancer. She is now cancer-free.
Strong and Courageous: Celebrity Breast Cancer Survivors who not only fought cancer publicly, they also had to endure the stigma attached to cancer in hope to raise awareness. Juliana Rancic, Kylie Minogue and Sheryl Crow were among the brave women who stand up for cancer while fighting it.