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Personal health is generally kept confidential, and there are financial reasons for one not to publicize his or her health problems.  The disclosure can cause a loss in jobs or income.  This is particularly true for [[Hollywood]] stars who rely on attractiveness and sex appeal.  Michael J. Fox, for example, understandably kept his [[Parkinson]]'s condition confidential for as long as he could.
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But cancellation of appearances for health reasons begs explanations, and the population of [[Hollywood]] stars likely to disclose medical conditions will roughly be the size of those who are active in appearances, shows, movies, etc.
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A rough estimate of this population is as follows.  In the music world, perhaps there are 50 women who are active and well-known performers.  In the television and movie industry, perhaps there are 450 who fall into that category.  The total population from which the above names are drawn is perhaps 500.
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The list of breast cancers above will grow, but already it is plainly way above the expected occurrence of the disease.  For example, there are no more than 500 [[Hollywood]] performers under age 30, yet 2 developed breast cancer.  The typical incidence of that disease is 2 out of 5000.  The incidence in [[Hollywood]] is perhaps 10 times that of the general population.
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== References ==
 
== References ==

Revision as of 08:32, 4 May 2008

The average age of diagnosis of breast cancer is 64 years old.[1]

In the Hollywood culture, however, there have been many tragic cases of breast cancer at a far younger ages than expected:

  • Australian soap opera star Belinda Emmett, who played in "Home and Away," was diagnosed with breast cancer at an age of only 24.[2]
  • Singer Anastacia was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was only 29.[3]
  • American actress Ann Jillian was diagnosed with breast cancer at an age of only 35.[4]
  • Australian pop star Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer at an age of only 36.[5]
  • American actress Oni Faida Lampley was diagnosed with breast cancer at an age of only 37.[6]
  • American actress Kate Jackson was diagnosed with breast cancer at an age of only 39.
  • Singer Melissa Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer at an age of only 43.[7]
  • Singers Olivia Newton-John and Sheryl Crow were each diagnosed with breast cancer at an age of only 44.[8]

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Risk by age

Here is the NCI's published levels of risk by age in the United States (the risk is lower in other countries):[9]

By age 25: 1 in 19,608
By age 30: 1 in 2,525
By age 35: 1 in 622
By age 40: 1 in 217
By age 45: 1 in 93
By age 50: 1 in 50
By age 55: 1 in 33
By age 60: 1 in 24
By age 65: 1 in 17
By age 70: 1 in 14
By age 75: 1 in 11
By age 80: 1 in 10
By age 85: 1 in 9
Ever: 1 in 8

Analysis

Personal health is generally kept confidential, and there are financial reasons for one not to publicize his or her health problems. The disclosure can cause a loss in jobs or income. This is particularly true for Hollywood stars who rely on attractiveness and sex appeal. Michael J. Fox, for example, understandably kept his Parkinson's condition confidential for as long as he could.

But cancellation of appearances for health reasons begs explanations, and the population of Hollywood stars likely to disclose medical conditions will roughly be the size of those who are active in appearances, shows, movies, etc.

A rough estimate of this population is as follows. In the music world, perhaps there are 50 women who are active and well-known performers. In the television and movie industry, perhaps there are 450 who fall into that category. The total population from which the above names are drawn is perhaps 500.

The list of breast cancers above will grow, but already it is plainly way above the expected occurrence of the disease. For example, there are no more than 500 Hollywood performers under age 30, yet 2 developed breast cancer. The typical incidence of that disease is 2 out of 5000. The incidence in Hollywood is perhaps 10 times that of the general population.

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References

  1. http://breastcancer.lifetips.com/cat/61849/breast-cancer-diagnosis/
  2. http://www.inthenews.co.uk/news/entertainment/tv/home-and-away-actress-dies-breast-cancer-$457408.htm
  3. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/story?id=1666320&page=1
  4. http://www.meredy.com/annjillian/
  5. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/05/17/entertainment/main695716.shtml
  6. http://www.answers.com/topic/oni-faida-lampley
  7. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/story?id=1666320&page=1
  8. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/story?id=1666320&page=1
  9. http://www.mdanderson.org/topics/ethnicity/display.cfm?id=ffcc95a9-a03d-11d4-80fa00508b603a14&method=displayfull&pn=c1128f6f-4656-410d-96fa274b12a51d9d