Celebrities with cancer - victims and survivors
Cynthia Nixon - breast cancer survivor
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Cynthia Nixon - breast cancer survivor

"Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and underwent a lumpectomy and radiation therapy after the surgery.

Nixon kept her battle with breast cancer private so that she could go through her treatment away from paparazzi and press scrutiny.

The actress is an amabassador for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer organization, which aims to educate the 1.1 million women around the world who face a diagnosis each year.

Her mother also survived breast cancer.

In 2012, Nixon shocked her fans by shaving her head to play cancer patient Dr. Vivian Bearing, PhD. in the Broadway revival of "Wit," the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson about an academic fightin Stage IV ovarian cancer.

Image: Cynthia Nixon, 2010 © LTB/VMAB/WENN.COM/SIPA

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