Famous Latinas Who Survived- Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month


National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group’s heritage and culture. Since it is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month all of October- we know it is a must for us to Celebrate the Survivors below!!!

Original article written by Veronique De Miguel in 2012


Former Miss Venezuela, Eva Ekvall, lost the fight to breast cancer at age 28 leaving a daughter behind.

Cancer does not discriminate. Actresses, models, singers, beauty queens, television personalities…the list of celebrities who have battled cancer always seems too long. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we honor those famous Latinas who’ve battled the disease. Some have won and some have lost; others are still engaged in the fight.


After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, Puerto Rican actress Adamari Lopez, then 33, underwent surgery and chemotherapy. She is in remission and still undergoing maintenance treatment.

Bárbara Mori, the Mexico-Uruguayan actress protagonist of the film Insignificant Things underwent treatment for breast cancer when she was only 29 years old. She appeared in the 2010 documentary 1 a Minute, with celebrity cancer survivors Olivia Newton John and Kelly McGillis, among others.

Ana Maria Polo, famous for her television program Closed Case, was 46 years old when she had a mastectomy. She celebrates that date like her second birthday, because the breast cancer was detected in time. Now, as a survivor, she untiringly campaigns throughout Latin America and the United States to promote breast cancer awareness.

Mexican actress Lorena Rojas became a spokeswoman for Lance Armstrong’s LiveStrong Foundation after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, at 36. The cancer was then at its initial stage, and her treatment was deemed a success. The press leaked news of Rojas’ second diagnosis earlier this year, allegedly before the actress was ready to disclose the information.

Daniela Romo managed to overcome breast cancer after several chemotherapy treatments, and shed her famous long locks as a result of chemo. She has publicly shown her support for friend Lorena Rojas.

Mexican actress Patricia Reyes Spindola shared with her fans that she had breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. On a video on her YouTube page, the famous actress explains how she found out the news, faced the disease and what the experience has taught her.

One of the most recent and well-publicized breast cancer diagnoses in Spain was that of President of the Community of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre. She had surgery in 2011, and in September of 2012, resigned from her political post. Though she stated that she resigned to “spend more time with family,” speculation is widespread that concerns about her cancer led her to resign.


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