When it comes to breast cancer, people of various statures and backgrounds have felt the impact of the disease. A 2016 report from the CDC revealed Black women are diagnosed with breast cancer as much as white women. However, the death rate for Black women is 40% higher than it is for white women. The devastation has been reflected through high-profile celebrities who have publicly battled breast cancer. 

Black women in particular have taken the initiative to inspire and inform their community after suffering from breast cancer. Here are nine Black celebrities who have battled the disease.