World Cancer Day 2024: The fourth of February is recognised as World Cancer Day. Every year, this day raises cancer awareness, encourages prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, and calls on governments and individuals around the world to take action.
The fight against cancer is one of the most difficult battles anyone can face. Cancer has a significant negative impact on both your mental and physical health. It takes a tremendous amount of effort to go through the difficult and chaotic process of drugs and treatments, and those who have done so are referred to as warriors.
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Breast cancer has emerged as a major public health concern for women in India, with alarming increases in both incidence and mortality. Experts have repeatedly emphasised the need to address this health crisis, citing statistics ranging from 1.6 to 2,00,000 new cases per year. Unfortunately, a large number of cases may go unregistered, worsening the situation.
Here are celebrities who openly spoke about their breast cancer journey and inspired millions
Sonali Bendre, the iconic 1990s actress, revealed in 2018 that she had Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. Sonali stated in an interview that doctors gave her only a 30% chance of survival. She shared photos of herself at each stage of therapy and maintained a positive attitude throughout.
Her smile was unaffected by the entire course of therapy and the diagnosis, which only made her stronger.
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Tahira Kashyap, a renowned film director and Ayushmann Khurrana’s wife, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. She did not hide her diagnosis; rather, she chose to document it in order to inspire other women around the world.
She completed her treatment in January 2019 and is now cancer-free! Tahira’s story and struggle have given her a lot of encouragement and strengthened her belief in her own abilities. She also shared photos of herself going bald to show her fans that it’s not something to be ashamed of and is all part of the process.
Gautami is a breast cancer survivor celebrity in India. She has been on a long road to recovery since being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 35. She also started a radio show where she speaks with listeners and encourages them to face life head-on. She established the Life Again Foundation, which actively assists cancer patients through a network of volunteers and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in numerous cities. She also took part in several cancer awareness campaigns to help cancer patients in any way she could.
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When the actress discovered she had a BRCA mutation that increased her risk of developing breast cancer by 87 percent, she underwent a preventative double mastectomy to reduce that risk to 5 percent. Despite her privacy, Jolie bravely wrote two essays for The New York Times sharing details about her diagnosis and decision, as well as encouraging others facing serious health issues.
“Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of,” she said.
Sheryl Crow, a rock star and nine-time Grammy Award winner was 44 years old when she was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a non-invasive type of breast cancer. It was discovered early on during an annual mammogram, and after a lumpectomy and seven weeks of radiation therapy, she was declared cancer-free.
“Someone like me shouldn’t be diagnosed with breast cancer, that’s what was going through my mind. I wasn’t thinking about a diagnosis. I was just doing what I was supposed to do, which was staying on top of my mammograms. It was a shock,” Sheryl Crow said.
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