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18 Famous Celebrities who survived cancer

When it comes to cancer, not even famous celebrities can escape from its wrath. Yes, famous icons and celebrities are too affected by cancer.

Some may hide it to avoid the additional publicity that comes with it and deal with cancer in their own way. While others are too vocal and use their personal platforms to raise awareness, set up charitable funds, and other ventures to help the society to fight against cancer.

In this article, we have compiled a list of celebrities who survived cancer so that you can get inspired from their survivor stories. Remember, there is life after cancer and it should not define you. Read their stories to learn how they overcome their biggest fears and didn't lose hope. They came out as a winner and tell society that everyone can do it too.

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1.MARK RUFALLO

Mark Alan Ruffalo, Born on November 22, 1967, Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is well-known for a number of roles including portraying the Marvel Comic character Bruce Banner/The Hulk. His Iconic movies include- “The Avengers”, “Collateral”, “Shutter Island”, “Rumor Has It”, “Reservation Road”, and “Now You See Me.”, “Just Like Heaven”, “Zodiac”. In May of 2001, he was diagnosed to have a tumor behind his left ear.

He underwent surgery to remove the tumor and battled paralysis of his facial nerves for ten months. He quoted, “Recovery really tested what I was made of as a man. It also became a blessing in disguise, as time progressed.” Mark Ruffalo is cancer free now. He regained most of the movement in the left side of his face, came back stronger than ever in his career

If he can do it you can too.

2.THOMAS GREEN

Thomas Green was born on July 30, 1971. He is a Canadian comedian, actor, filmmaker, and talk show host.and known for his roles in Road Trip, Charlie’s Angels, Freddy Got Fingered, Stealing Harvard, and his show-The Tom Green Show. In March 2000, Tom Green was diagnosed with, testicular cancer.and underwent a surgery to remove his right testicle..He started the “Tom Green’s Nuts Cancer Fund” to raise money for cancer research.

If he can do it, you can too.

3.HUGH JACKMAN

Hugh Michael Jackman was born on October 12, 1968, in Sydney, Australia. He is best known for playing Wolverine in the ‘X-Men’ film franchise, and for starring in features like ‘The Prestige’ and ‘Les Misérables,’.

Jackman was diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), a type of skin cancer in 2013. In February 2017, he received his sixth operation to remove traces of skin cancer from his face. He urges fans and the public to use sunscreens on a regular basis.

If he can do it, you can also.

4. YUVRAJ SINGH

Yuvraj Singh is one of the Indian celebrities who survived cancer. Thanks to his early diagnosis! He is an Indian cricketer and was born 12th December 1981.

In a match against England at the 2007 World Twenty20, he famously hit six sixes in one over and was the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

In 2011, he was diagnosed with a germ cell cancer called mediastinal seminoma. Yuvraj went to U.S for chemotherapy and made his comeback with Twenty-Twenty against New Zealand in September 2012.

He quoted “Don’t be scared… Be positive… Please don’t think that your life is about to end… Take the right advice and act as soon as you can… If there’s an issue in your system, don’t ignore it… Look at me, I never thought I’d get the chance to again play for India, but I’ve beaten cancer”.

In 2012, Yuvraj was conferred with the Arjuna Award and in 2014, he was awarded the Padma Shri.

If he can do it, you can too.

5. MICHAEL HALL

Michael Hall was born on February 1, 1971, in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is known for his roles as Dexter Morgan, in TV Network series Dexter and as David Fisher in the HBO drama series Six Feet Under. On January 13, 2010, Hall’s agent and the spokesman confirmed that Hall was undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was announced fully in remission after undergoing chemotherapy for 3 months. On April 25, 2010. In 2011, Hall was the celebrity spokesperson for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk” fundraising campaign.

If he can do it, you can too.

6. NELSON MANDELA

Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 in the village of Mvezo in Umtata. He joined the African National Congress (ANC) to fight against apartheid.

The government called him a terrorist and jailed him, in 1962. He spent 27 years in prison. Finally, he was released from prison in 1990. He won the election and became the first black President of South Africa.

In 2001, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer for which he underwent seven weeks of radiation.and received hormonal treatment. Mandela has received over 695 awards, which is the maximum number anyone has ever got.

If he can do it, you can too.

7. LAURENCE TUREAUD

Laurence Tureaud professionally known as Mr. T was born on May 21st, 1952. He is an American actor and retired professional wrestler and is known for his roles as B. A. Baracus in the series The A-Team and as boxer Clubber Lang in Rocky III. He was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma in 1995. He was in remission after the treatment, but unfortunately, cancer returned a year later. Following which, he underwent further treatment and won the biggest battle of his life against the disease. Since then he has worked actively to raise awareness and funds for cancer. He quoted “‘Life is an endurance test. It’s not a fifty-yard sprint or a hundred-yard dash; it’s a marathon.”

If he can do it, you can too.

8. KYLIE MINOGUE

Kylie Ann Minogue, born on 28th May 1968, is an Australian-British singer and actress. She achieved recognition by starring in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, it was one of the most watched Australian TV series ever, followed by her signature song “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” that became one of the most successful singles of the 2000s. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at age of 36 on 17 May 2005, for which she had surgery and chemotherapy. She defeated cancer and is cancer free ever since. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.) degree by Anglia Ruskin University for her work in raising awareness for breast cancer. In February 2012, VH1 ranked Minogue at number 47 on their VH1 Greatest Women in Music.

If she can do it, you can too.

9. ANGELINA JOLIE

Angelina Jolie was born in June 4, 1975, Los Angeles, California, U.S. She was named the world’s most powerful celebrity in Forbes’s Celebrity 100, and Forbes additionally cited her as Hollywood’s highest-paid actress. She underwent a preventive double mastectomy, after learning she had a high risk of developing breast cancer. Two years later, after annual test results indicated possible signs of early ovarian cancer, she underwent a preventive oophorectomy. Jolie has raised awareness of the genetic risks associated with breast and ovarian cancer, and is well known for her humanitarian work and charity.

If she can do it, you can too.

10. BEN STILLER

Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, New York City, U.S. He is known for his roles in ‘There’s Something About Mary,’ ‘Zoolander’ and ‘Meet the Parents.’ He was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 48 and the actor and comedian went on 3-month roller coaster ride from diagnosis to cancer free. Ben Stiller actively raises awareness for the disease.

If he can do it, you can too

11. CHRISTINA APPLEGATE

Christina Applegate was born on 25th November, 1971. She is an American actress and dancer known for her role in, The Sweetest Thing, Grand Theft Parsons, Hall Pass, Vacation and Bad Moms.

She was nominated for both Emmy and Golden Globe award. But then cancer showed up in April 2008 on regular mammogram when she was only 36 years old. Within a week of her diagnosis, she had her first lumpectomy.

But when her test for the breast cancer gene, BRCA came positive, she underwent double mastectomy in July 2008. She has started Right Action for Women to help provide the funds for women who did need MRI screenings and weren’t able to pay for it themselves.

If she can do it, you can too.

12. SHANNEN DOHERTY

Shannen doherty was born on April 12th, 1971. She is an American actress, producer, and television director. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015 for which she underwent Mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. On April 29, 2017, Doherty announced that her cancer was in remission.

If she can do it, you can too.

13. ROBIN ROBERTS

Robin Roberts was born on November 23rd, 1960. She is the anchor of ABC's Good Morning America. In 2007, Roberts was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer. She underwent surgery on August 3, and by January 2008 had completed eight chemotherapy treatments followed by six and half weeks of radiation treatment. While the treatment were successful in combating the disease she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome in 2012. She received a bone marrow transplant from her sister. ESPN awarded its Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Roberts at the 2013.

If she can do it, you can too.

14. BETSEY JOHNSON

Betsey Johnson was born on August 10, 1942. She is an American Fashion Designer best known for her feminine and whimsical designs. In November 1999, she felt a tumor in her breast. After she was diagnosed Johnson didn't tell anyone about her cancer treatment, with the exception of her beloved daughter. She didn't want the attention and pity that comes along with revealing a cancer diagnosis. She has now more than 60 stores worldwide.

If she can do it, you can too.

Watch her survivor story.

15. CYNTHIA ELLEN NIXON

Cynthia Ellen Nixon was born on 9th April 1966. She is an American actress known for her role in the series Sex and the City. In October 2006, Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer during routine mammography. She had a surgery followed by 6 months of radiation therapy. She defeated her disease. Since then, Nixon has become a breast cancer activist. She became an Ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure - one of the biggest breast cancer organization.

If She can do it, you can too.

16. MAGGIE SMITH

Maggie Smith was born on 28th December 1934. She is an English actress.with an extensive, varied career on stage, film and television spanning over 66 years. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 at age 73. She started her treatment soon after her diagnosis. She was halfway through her cancer treatment when she made Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince. She successfully defeated her disease and has continued acting on in films since. She recieved the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's Legacy Award in 2012.

If She can do it, you can too.

17. MELISSA LOU ETHERIDGE

Melissa Lou Etheridge was born on May 29, 1961. She is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was on tour in Ottawa, Canada. She underwent lumpectomy followed with chemotherapy for the same. In October 2005, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Etheridge appeared on Dateline NBC with Michaels to discuss her struggle with cancer. Melissa wrote "I Run For Life" song after her battle with cancer to inspire others.

If She can do it, you can too.

18. MANISHA KOIRALA

Manisha Koirala is another celebrity from India who successfully survived cancer. She was born on 16th August 1970. She is a Nepalese actress who mainly appears in Hindi films. On 29th November 2012, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, for which she underwent surgery and chemotherapy.

After spending months at the hospital she was declared cancer free. She was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund in 1999 and 2015.

If She can do it, you can too.

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