This year alone, nearly 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer, according to Cancer.org statistics.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the online women's magazine Divine Caroline has pulled together a list of eight celebrity cancer survivors who put a face to to the disease. The blog describes how stars like Sheryl Crow and Tom Green have made it through their illnesses and beyond.
Here's bit from Celeb #6, Kylie Minogue:
Fans were shocked by Kylie Minogue's announcement that she would be canceling the Australian leg of her 2005 "Showgirl" tour to undergo immediate treatment for breast cancer. She faced an eighteen-month battle and came back as a survivor..."A great part of my coping mechanism was this goal of getting back on stage. I'm not finished. I may have just started to hit my stride," she told ABC News in 2008. "People tell you, 'Everything will go back to normal.' Really? It's almost insensitive to say that. You move on to a 'new normal.' In that small phrase, you're reassured that there will be some kind of normality, but there's acknowledgment that you've been through something that will change you."
These stars have done a lot to promote cancer prevention and screenings, through their own stories and their advocacy work with various organizations. In fact, Sharon Osbourne teamed up with Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge for this year's Stand Up to Cancer campaign.
But you don't have to be a celebrity to get involved in this cause. Stand Up to Cancer has a special site dedicated to fighting cancer right from your computer.
You can read the whole article and learn more about promoting cancer awareness on Causecast.org.