30 celebrities who survived cancer
Cancer will touch many people at some point in their lives. The American Cancer Society estimated that about 1.7 million Americans would be diagnosed with cancer in 2018. The estimate doesn’t take into account certain skin cancers or non-invasive cancers, so the actual numbers are likely to be even higher.
In today’s world of social media and open communication, many celebrities are choosing to speak publicly about their cancer diagnoses. Some simply want to be open with their fans, but many wish to raise awareness about everything from early diagnosis to treatment options, especially if their cancer is rare.
Stacker gathered a list of 30 celebrities who have survived cancer. The conditions and treatment options differed among them, but their perseverance has undoubtedly had a positive impact on society.
You may be familiar with this actress from the long-running TV series "Modern Family.” But Vergara also is in remission from thyroid cancer, for which she had surgery and radiation. She manages the resulting hypothyroidism with medication.
The star of "Nurse Jackie” and "The Sopranos" received lots of support from her colleagues during treatment for breast cancer. Falco is in remission, and attributes her sobriety to her emotional recovery from the disease.
Famous for "Moulin Rouge!” and "Trainspotting” Ewan McGregor had a lower-risk run-in with cancer in 2008. While having several moles removed, McGregor received news that one was cancerous. It was caught early, and McGregor made a full recovery.
When comedian Wanda Sykes was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, an aggressive kind of precancerous growth, she chose a double mastectomy to eliminate any chance for the disease to progress. As Sykes said in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, "I had both breasts removed because now I have zero chance of having breast cancer."
Australian songstress Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer at 36. Her course of treatment included radiation, chemotherapy, and a partial mastectomy, and she's now cancer-free. Minogue has been open about her initial misdiagnosis, and emphasizes that patients need to be informed advocates regarding their own care.2018 All rights reserved.