In honor of Black History Month, Susan G. Komen San Diego pays tribute to inspirational African American women and men of recent history who battled breast cancer.

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Wanda_Sykes
Wanda Sykes, the award winning comedian and actress had a double mastectomy when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011.


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Robin Roberts, 
co-anchor of Good Morning America was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer in 2007. She had eight chemotherapy treatments and 6 1/2 weeks of radiation treatment.


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Diahann Carroll
, is known for her role on Grey’s Anatomy and much more. She was diagnosed with breast cancer later in life at age 63.  She is a major advocate for breast health in the African American community.


Patti_LaBelle
Patti LaBelle lost three sisters to breast cancer and although she wasn’t diagnosed herself – she represents the many families who are also survivors of this disease.


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Richard Roundtree
 known for his role as the private detective, John Shaft, in the film Shaft was among the one percent of men diagnosed with breast cancer.


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Naomi Sims was the world’s first Black supermodel and passed away from breast cancer in 2009.


Hattie_McDaniel
Hattie McDaniel was the first African American actress to win an Oscar in 1940 and passed away from breast cancer at the age of 57 in 1952.


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Please email Annie Eddey if you would like to see anyone else added to this honorable list!