October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and while millions of women across the country will be getting screenings and consulting with their doctors about this very private issue, there are some who have gone through the detection-treatment-recovery sequence publicly. The last celebrity on our list may surprise you ...

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Kylie Minogue was diagnosed in 2005. Her first test came back negative, but fortunately the cancer was detected in her second test so she had enough time to defeat it. The very open manner in which she handled herself has made her an inspiration to many.

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Grammy-winner Sheryl Crow was diagnosed in 2006 after a routine mammogram. It was early enough for her to avoid chemotherapy.

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Rocker Melissa Etheridge was diagnosed in 2004, when she found a large lump in her left breast. She later wrote the song 'I Run for Life' about her battle with the disease.

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Former 'Sex and the City' star Cynthia Nixon was diagnosed in 2006. She later became a spokesperson for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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'Anchorman' and 'Up All Night''s Christina Applegate was diagnosed in 2008. She had a double mastectomy and is now completely cancer-free.

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'Three's Company' star Suzanne Somers was diagnosed in 2001. She underwent an experimental breast-reduction surgery to repair damage from her lumpectomy.

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Comedian and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm''s Wanda Sykes was diagnosed in 2011, after doctors detected the cancer following a breast-reduction procedure.

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'Nurse Jackie' star Edie Falco was diagnosed in 2003, right in the middle of 'The Sopranos.' She was treated and is now cancer-free.

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When 'Good Morning America' host Robin Roberts was diagnosed, she made the announcement on the air in a memorable broadcast on July 31, 2007.

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John Shaft himself Richard Roundtree was diagnosed in 1993. When he was finally cancer-free five years later, he went public, letting lots of us know for the first time that men too can contract breast cancer.