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Kate Jackson, who played Sabrina Duncan in the original 'Charlie's Angels' series in the 1970s, was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 1987. She had just undergone her first mammogram and it revealed a 'microscopic' growth in her left breast. It was found to be malignant. Jackson had experienced no symptoms beforehand.
'I was forced to face, squared up, my own mortality,' she told People magazine. ' had to decide whether I wanted to live or to die. And if you choose life, as I did, it's never the same.'
She underwent a lumpectomy and five weeks of radiation treatments and even returned to work. The cancer returned in 1989. Jackson then underwent a partial mastectomy as well as reconstructive surgery on her chest. She was found to be cancer-free in 1991. She continued to act. Her last on-screen role was in 2007, when she appeared on an episode of 'Criminal Minds.'
Jackson's co-star, Farrah Fawcett, died on June 25, 2009 after battling anal cancer.
(Pictured: Kate Jackson appears in promotional photos for the original 'Charlie's Angels' series. / Kate Jackson appears in a scene from 'Criminal Minds.')
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