Good Morning America anchor and former ESPN reporter Robin Roberts was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer in 2007. With treatment, including chemotherapy, she beat breast cancer and returned to the anchor desk.
Breast cancer is one of the more common types of cancer, affecting one in eight women. Tumors can often go unnoticed, and because of the hereditary nature of this cancer, lifestyle has little effect over the development of the disease. Because of this, no amount of fame or money can guard against the development of breast cancer. Read about prominent women who have suffered and overcome the disease, and are active in promoting cancer research and education.
In 2013, Roberts announced she had myelodysplastic syndrome, which can be brought on by cancer treatment. Roberts would require further chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant to treat it. Few people know the challenges that go along with fighting breast cancer. Aside from the powerful women who have to fight the illness, family, friends and colleagues band together during these trying times as well. And those women who survive the hardships that go along with the affliction—particularly those in the public eye, such as Robin Roberts, Nancy Reagan, Melissa Etheridge and Wanda Sykes—become inspirations for women everywhere to get checked regularly and stand up to breast cancer. Stay tuned every week as we spotlight the courageous women who triumphed in their fight against breast cancer.