Some studies indicate that lesbians are at a higher risk
for breast cancer. If you follow the lives of famous lesbians
and lesbian celebrities, that seems to be the case. It seems quite a few famous lesbians have come out recently about having had breast cancer. Here is a bit about them and their breast cancer stories.
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I still remember being in shock when Melissa Etheridge announced that she had breast cancer in 2004. She took time off of her tour and underwent chemotherapy and had a lumpectomy. Melissa Etheridge used her cancer diagnosis as a wake-up call
to change her life for the better. She was quoted in Organic Style as saying, “When I was told I had breast cancer last October at 43, I began to change from the very second I got the diagnosis. I started listening to my body, and I became more aware of everything. With cancer, you start looking at your whole life and cutting the dark things out of it. I often say that cancer is a gift in that way. My family is the number-one priority. They are absolutely more important to me than anything else.”
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Unlike Melissa Etheridge, when Cynthia Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, she kept it a secret. She said in an interview, "I didn't really want to make it public while I was going through it. I didn't want paparazzi at the hospital." Because her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 12, Cynthia Nixon always thought she would one day get the disease. Cynthia Nixon's partner Christine Marinoni
was scared. "My girlfriend was very scared. She was the one doing the eating," Nixon said in an interview with ABC news
. "She was in a panic. She was just trying to calm herself down any way she could."
Nixon was a spokesperson for Susan G. Komen Foundation in 2008.
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When Wanda Sykes decided to tell the world she had breast cancer, she came out about it on her friend Ellen DeGeneres's show in September 2011.
Wanda Syke's breast cancer was discovered during a breast reduction surgery
she had scheduled. She decided to have a double mastectomy because of her family history of breast cancer. She said on the Ellen DeGeneres show
, "It wasn't until after the reduction that in the lab work, the pathology, that they found that I had DCIS [ductal carcinoma in situ] in my left breast. I was very, very lucky because DCIS is basically stage-zero cancer. So I was very lucky."
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Martina Navratilova is perhaps the greatest tennis player to ever live. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 at age 53. The news was quite a shock to the famous lesbian athlete who takes impeccable care of her body. "I cried," Navratilova told People magazine
. "It knocked me on my ass, really. I feel so in control of my life and my body, and then this comes, and it's completely out of my hands." Martina's breast cancer was discovered early and she had a lumpectomy and radiation for treatment.
Martina was diagnosed with a non-invasive form of cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ and her prognosis is very good.
In 2010 Martina was forced off Mt. Kilimanjaro when she became ill on the ascent. The illness was not related to cancer.