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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 15 Celebrities Who Have Faced A Diagnosis

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October is typically marked by the burnt orange of pumpkins, the deep red of autumnal leaves and ... pink ribbons. With the first of the month upon is, it's once again National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a campaign dedicated to promoting awareness around the disease for more than 25 years.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer (following non-melanoma skin cancer) among women in the United States, according to the CDC, and is also the fifth leading cause of death.

Experts agree that early detection is a woman's best hope for successful treatment, making awareness a concrete and important tool in the fight against the disease. For more on screening and risk, have a look at the CDC literature.

But how to boost awareness? That's where celebrities can often make the most difference. Last year, we rounded up just a few famous women who have battled breast cancer. This year, to kick off the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we updated that list with even more inspiring stories from familiar faces, including some women who were just diagnosed this year. Read on for their stories.

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