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Famous people who had cancer

What celebrities have or have had breast cancer?

One in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in her life. This statistic affects all women equally. You may have a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer, but so does your doctor…and your hairdresser…and the big-name actress in your favorite movie. Rich or poor, famous or unknown, the disease treats everyone the same.

Just Like Us: Celebrities Speak Up About Breast Cancer

Of course, when celebrities are diagnosed with breast cancer, their cases receive more attention than most. However, even that publicity helps remind us that we’re really not all that different. Famous or not, upon receiving a breast cancer diagnosis, we all face the same struggles, the same emotions, and the same need for support.

Fame does give celebrities with breast cancer a bigger platform to speak up about the disease. Here are a few examples of famous people who have joined the effort and are helping spread awareness about breast cancer risks and the importance of early detection.

Angelina Jolie

“I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.” – Angelina Jolie

Like Christina Applegate, Angelina Jolie knew she had a significant family history of breast cancer, and chose to undergo genetic testing. Like Christina, she tested positive for a BRCA1 mutation, and had a double mastectomy while in her thirties.

However, unlike Christina, Angelina chose the double mastectomy even though she didn’t have breast cancer in either breast.

The actress, producer, and director of films such as Unbroken decided to have the surgery in 2013 as a preventative measure. It reduced her risk of developing breast cancer from an estimated 87% down to approximately 5%.

Though some may consider preventative surgery extreme, it is an option for women who test positive for BRCA gene mutations and therefore have a much higher risk of developing breast cancer.

“It is not easy to make these decisions. But it is possible to take control and tackle head-on any health issue. You can seek advice, learn about the options and make choices that are right for you. Knowledge is power.” – Angelina Jolie

Joan Lunden

“Early detection is so crucial, I consider myself fortunate that I found this in the early stages and the prognosis is so promising.” – Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden is an accomplished author, journalist, television host, and a mother of seven.

Since 2014, she is also a breast cancer survivor.

Joan announced her diagnosis on ABC’s Good Morning America, a show she co-hosted for almost two decades. She’s spoken at length about her diagnosis and treatment in the media, on her blog, and through a book titled Had I Known. She’s also started ALIVE, a streaming video channel all about surviving breast cancer.

“I found this breast cancer community to be such an amazing, powerful, compassionate alliance.” – Joan Lunden

Sheryl Crow

“Someone like me shouldn’t be diagnosed with breast cancer, that’s what was going through my mind. I wasn’t thinking about a diagnosis. I was just doing what I was supposed to do, which was staying on top of my mammograms. It was a shock.” – Sheryl Crow

Rock star and nine-time Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow was diagnosed at age 44 with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a non-invasive form of breast cancer. It was discovered at an early stage through an annual mammogram, and after a lumpectomy and seven weeks of radiation therapy, she was declared cancer-free.

Sheryl did not have a family history of the disease or any significant risk factors, which is not unusual. 60-70% of people with breast cancer have no known pre-existing risk factors. This is why it is important it is for everyone to have an early detection plan, regardless of family history.

“I am a walking advertisement for early detection.” – Sheryl Crow

Christina Applegate

“I am a 36-year-old person with breast cancer, and not many people know that that happens to women my age or women in their 20s. This is my opportunity now to go out and fight as hard as I can for early detection.” – Christina Applegate

Christina Applegate found fame at an early age, starring as a teenager on the sitcom Married… with Children, and going on to act in everything from Broadway musicals to Anchorman movies.

She also became a breast cancer survivor in 2008 at the young age of 36.

Christina always knew she was at risk for developing breast cancer. Her mother, Nancy Priddy, was also diagnosed with breast cancer while in her thirties, and then again in her fifties. Because of that family history, Christina made the wise choice to follow an early detection plan that included more frequent screenings starting at age 30. The cancer was therefore detected in an early stage, when it is easier to treat.

However, her mother’s history and her own early-onset breast cancer led her to also undergo genetic testing for BRCA mutations. She tested positive for a BRCA1 gene mutation, meaning that, like her mother, she had a high probability of developing breast cancer again.

So, despite the cancer only being in one breast, Christina opted for a double mastectomy. Her knowledge of the BRCA gene mutation and the risks involved allowed her to make an educated decision, choosing a proactive treatment that significantly reduces the possibility of the breast cancer spreading or coming back.

According to Christina, an important part of her treatment and recovery was being able to receive support and advice from other breast cancer survivors—people she didn’t even know before her diagnosis.

“When you get diagnosed with cancer, there’s such a sense of loneliness, but we need to know as people going through this is that you’re not alone”. – Christina Applegate

Robin Roberts

“I can’t stress enough how important it is to get screened and checked for all cancers — and to do self breast-exams.” – Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts, another co-anchor of Good Morning America, discovered a lump during a breast self-exam in 2007. An ultrasound and biopsy confirmed that it was breast cancer—the more aggressive triple-negative kind. Treatment included a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

Her mother encouraged her to “Make your mess your message.” Robin has been public about her cancer struggles, even winning awards for her courage in raising awareness. She’s a vocal proponent for regular breast self-exams, which is how 40% of all breast cancer cases are detected.

“I found my lump in a self-exam! Because I was familiar with my body and the lumps, I knew this one felt different. It was in a different place on my breast, and it was hard. If I hadn’t been doing self-exams, I wouldn’t have known that.” – Robin Roberts

Hoda Kotb

“Cancer survivors are blessed with two lives. There is your life before cancer, and your life after. I am here to tell you your second life is going to be so much better than the first.” – Hoda Kotb

Dateline NBC correspondent and Today show co-host Hoda Kotb was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, at age 43.

For women like Hoda, who have no family history of cancer, doctors recommend getting annual or biennial mammograms starting at age 40. However, at 43, Hoda admitted that she’d still never had a mammogram. The only reason her cancer was discovered is because her gynecologist noticed lumps in her breast during a routine checkup. Annual clinical exams are an important part of an early detection plan.

After a mastectomy and five years of hormone therapy, Hoda is cancer-free. She has said the experience made her stronger and more courageous. In fact, she attributes her job as a Today anchor to her cancer experience; surviving cancer gave her the confidence to fight for her dream job.

“I think after overcoming breast cancer, you sort of become fearless and somehow going up to your boss to talk about a possible promotion doesn’t seem like such a daunting task anymore.” – Hoda Kotb

When it comes to breast cancer, these celebrities are just like us. We can learn from their stories and take action in our own lives. Here are things you can do:

  • Learn more about breast cancer, including its causes and treatments.
  • Find out whether you have any risk factors such as inherited gene mutations. Women at higher risk should generally start breast cancer screenings at a younger age, and be checked more often.
  • Start young. Monthly breast self-exams are encouraged for women of all ages. Even if you think you’re too young to develop breast cancer, learning what is normal for your body will help you quickly detect any future changes or lumps.
  • Volunteer to help spread the message of early detection.
  • If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you can ask questions and connect with other survivors at Beyond the Shock.

Wherever you are in the journey, know that you’re not alone. We’re here to help you now.

Cancer doesn’t care who you are — it can strike anyone, even celebrities. Wonderwall.com is taking a look at some of the stars who’ve been diagnosed with cancer, including this famous rock star… On Oct. 13, 2019, TMZ reported that guitarist Eddie Van Halen — who was treated for tongue cancer nearly two decades earlier — has been suffering from throat cancer for years and has quietly been flying between the United States and Germany for treatment. In 2000, doctors removed about a third of the Van Halen rocker’s tongue following his first diagnosis. According to TMZ, cancer cells later migrated down to his throat. In 2015, Eddie opened up about his health to Billboard, sharing his theory: “I used metal picks — they’re brass and copper — which I always held in my mouth, in the exact place where I got the tongue cancer,” he said. “Plus, I basically live in a recording studio that’s filled with electromagnetic energy. So that’s one theory. I mean, I was smoking and doing a lot of drugs and a lot of everything. But at the same time, my lungs are totally clear. This is just my own theory, but the doctors say it’s possible.” Keep reading for more celebs who’ve battled various forms of cancer…

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Every October, the public turns its attention to a critical health issue: breast cancer awareness. And, of course, stars are included in this. With celebrities like Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Cynthia Nixon and Sheryl Crow speaking out about their own battles with the disease by telling stories of survival, and other stars like Serena Williams, January Jones and Elizabeth Hurley helping to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month by doing everything from singing and posting topless selfies on social media to fronting breast cancer awareness campaigns, Hollywood has the whole world thinking pink in an effort to end breast cancer.

This is no surprise — approximately 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in U.S. women in 2018, according to Breastcancer.org, as well as 63,960 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. In good news, the death rate has been dropping every year since 2000. That means more and more women are fighting back to beat the disease and become survivors. Below, Us shares the inspiring stories of stars who beat breast cancer.

There are fewer than 10 famous men who have, or have had, breast cancer in our lifetimes. These men were pioneers for us who have had breast cancer and for those who lost the fight. We are all warriors fighting on the same side against this horrible disease, but we are only few siding with hundreds of thousands of wonderful women. I want to share some of the famous men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Richard Roundtree – You know this guy. He was the original lead character John Shaft in the 1971 movie Shaft. “I thought he was questioning my manhood,” he wrote in an essay for Essence magazine in 2009, sharing the day his doctor first told him he had breast cancer. “Women die from this, not men. How could I possibly have that?” Rod Roddy – You may not recognize his name, but you will know his famous saying: “Come on down! He said those words for 17 years on the television game show The Price is Right, and during that time, he fought colon and breast cancer, and had a mastectomy. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2003. Edward Brooke – This guy was the first famous man diagnosed with breast cancer. In 1966, he also was the first African-American to be elected as a U.S. Senator. He was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. He survived for many years, but passed in January 2015 at the age of 95 years. That is amazing, Montel Williams – This is Subscribe or log in to access all post and page content.

295 Celebrities Who Have Had Cancer

This post has been updated on January 16, 2020.
Yes, celebrities and public figures get cancer, too. Sometimes they keep it a secret – to avoid unwanted publicity about it, to protect their future prospects, or to simply take care of themselves in their own way. Others can become very public about it by writing books, donating to charities, creating charities, and generally using their spotlight to shed awareness about their cancer.
Sometimes it’s comforting to know that these seemingly untouchable, often idealized people we feel like we know so well through their work can get the same kind of cancer you have, too. We are all human; cancer doesn’t discriminate.
We have included a link to any related foundations that these celebrities have started, or that were started in their name. Please click the links to learn more. For all of the men and women below who are currently fighting, the strength of the IHC community is behind you.
Adrenal Cancer
Devin Lima (1977 – 2018) — Musician (LFO)
Anal Cancer
Farrah Fawcett (1947 – 2009) — Actress (Charlie’s Angels)
Appendix Cancer
Audrey Hepburn (1929 – 1993) — Actress (Roman Holiday, Breakfast At Tiffany’s)
Stuart Scott (1965 – 2015) — Sportscaster (SportsCenter)
Bile Duct Cancer
Daisy Lewellyn (1980 – 2016) — Editor (Essence)
Walter Payton (1954 – 1999) — Athlete (Chicago Bears: running back)
Bladder Cancer
Frank Sinatra (1915 – 1998) — Musician
Phil Lesh – Musician (Grateful Dead)
Warren Christopher (1925 – 2011) — Former Secretary of State
Bone Cancer
Charlotte Rae (1926 – 2018) — Actress (Different Strokes, The Facts Of Life)
Ed McMahon (1923 -2009) — TV Personality (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Carson)
Frank Robinson (1935 -2019) — American MLB Outfielder & Manager
Jim Valvano (1946 – 1993) — Athlete/Coach (North Carolina State University)
Lillian Gordy Carter (1898 – 1983) — Author (Jimmy Carter’s mother)
Brain Cancer
Darren Daulton (1962 – 2017) — Catcher for Philadelphia Phillies
George Harrison (1943 – 2001) — English guitarist, singer, songwriter, music & film producer (The Beatles: lead guitarist)
Gord Downie (1964 – 2017) — Glioblastoma, terminal | Canadian rock musician (The Tragically Hip)writer, and occasional actor
James Ingram (1952 – 2019) — Musician (Somewhere Out There)
John McCain (1936 – 2018) — Politician (Former Senator of Arizona)
Johnny Ruffo – Singer, Songwriter, Actor
Joseph “Beau” Biden (1969 – 2015) — Attorney General of Delaware, VP Joseph Biden’s son
Kate Walsh – Actress (Grey’s Anatomy, 13 Reasons Why)
Lou Gramm – American rock singer, songwriter (Foreigner)
Maria Menounos – TV Personality (E! News), Actress
Mark Ruffalo – Actor (13 Going on 30, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Zodiac, Shutter Island, Avengers)
Martin Kemp – Actor, director, musician (Spandau Ballet, EastEnders)
Neil Peart (1942-2020) — Musician, drummer (The Rush)
Scott Hamilton – Retired American figure skater, Olympic gold medalist
Ted Kennedy (1932 – 2009) – Politician (United States Senator)
Breast Cancer
Adamari López – Puerto Rican actress, Telemundo morning show host (Un Nuevo Dia)
Adriana “La Maestra” Barraza – Mexican actress, acting teacher, director
Alicia Machado – Venezuelan-American actress, TV host, singer, beauty queen (Miss Venezuela 1995, Miss Universe 1996)
Amy Robach – TV personality (ABC News)
Anastacia Newkirk – American singer, songwriter, producer
Angélica María – American-born Mexican actress (The Bad Seed, Cinco de chocolate y uno de fresa), singer-songwriter
Ann Romney – Wife of Mitt Romney
Betsey Johnson – American Chef, TV Personality
Betty Ford (1918 – 2011) — Former First Lady
Bif Naked – Canadian singer-songwriter, actress, motivational speaker
Brigitte Bardot – French actress, singer,dancer, model
Carly Simon – American singer, songwriter
Christina Applegate – Actress (Married With Children)
Cokie Roberts – Reporter, commentator (NPR, ABC)
Cynthia Nixon – Actress (Sex And The City)
Daniela Romo – Mexican singer, actress, TV hostess
Diahann Carroll – American actress, singer, model (Julia)
Dorothy Hamill – Retired figure skater
Elizabeth Lee Wurtzel (1967-2020) — Author (Prozac Nation)
Edie Falco – American actress (The Sopranos)
Gladys Knight – American singer, songwriter,TV actress, & businesswoman
Gloria Steinem – Feminist leader
Guiliana Rancic – TV personality (E! News)
Hoda Kotb – TV Personality (NBC, Today Show)
Jackie Collins (1937 – 2015) — English romance novelist, one of world’s top-selling novelists (Hollywood Wives, The World Is Full Of Married Men, The Stud)
Jacklyn Smith – Actress (Charlie’s Angels)
Jael Strauss (1984 – 2018) — TV personality (America’s Next Top Model)
Jane Fonda – Actress (Nine to Five)
Janice Dickinson – American model, TV Personality (America’s Next Top Model)
Jill Eikenberry – American film, stage, & TV actress (L.A. Law)
Joan Lunden – Journalist (Good Morning America)
Judy Blume – Author (Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret)
Julia Child (1912 – 2004) — American Chef & TV personality
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Actress (Veep, Seinfeld), Comedian, Producer
Kate Jackson – American actress, director, producer (Charlie’s Angels, Scarecrow & Mrs. King)
Kathy Bates – Actress (Titanic)
Kim Novak – American film and TV actress (Vertigo)
Kylie Minogue – Singer
Letty Cottin Pogrebin – Author, founding editor of Ms. Magazine
Marianne Faithfull – English singer, songwriter, actress
Maura Tierney – Actress (NewsRadio)
Melissa Etheridge – Musician
Meredith Baxter – American actress (Family Ties)
Nancy Brinker – Founder of Susan G Women for the Cure
Nancy Reagan (1921 – 2016) — First Lady to President Nixon (1981 – 1989)
Olivia Newton-John – Actress/Musician (Grease)
Peggy Fleming – American figure skater
Peter Criss – Musician (Drummer, KISS)
Rene Syler – TV personality & Former CBS Early Show host
Richard Roundtree – American actor (Shaft)
Rita Wilson – Actress (Sleepless In Seattle)
Robin Roberts – TV personality (Good Morning America)
Rue McClanahan (1934 – 2010) — Actress (The Golden Girls)
Sally Dynevor – English Actress (Coronation Street)
Sally Obermeder – Media Personality
Samantha Harris – TV personality (Dancing With The Stars)
Sandra Day O’Connor – First woman to serve on the Supreme Court
Sandra Lee – TV personality & Celebrity Chef
Sandra Louise Anderson “Sondra Locke” (1944 – 2018) — American actress, director (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter)
Shannen Doherty – Actress (Beverly Hills 90210, Charmed)
Sheryl Crow – Singer/Musician
Shirley Temple Black (1928 – 2014) — American actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman
Sian Williams – TV personality & Celebrity Chef
Suzanne Somers – News Anchor (5 News Anchor, BBC Breakfast Host)
Tig Notaro – American stand-up comic, writer, radio contributer, actress
Wanda Sykes – Actress/Comedian (The Chris Rock Show)
Cervical Cancer
Erin Andrews – TV Personality (Dancing With the Stars, Fox NFL)
Evita Peron (1919 – 1952) — First Lady of Argentina
Joey Feek (1975 – 2016) — Mets to colon | American country singer & songwriter (Joey + Rory)
Marissa Jaret-Winokur – Actress (Hairspray)
Sarah Tait (1983-2016) — Olympic medal-winning rower
Yvette Wilson (1964 – 2012) — Actress (Moesha)
Colon Cancer
Aline Kominsky-Crumb – American underground comics artist
Darryl Strawberry – Athlete (Mets, Yankees: right fielder)
Eartha Kitt (1927 – 2008) — Musician, Actress (Batman, The Emperor’s New Groove, Holes)
Elizabeth Montgomery (1933 – 1995) — American film, stage, and television actress (Bewitched)
Gregg Leakes – Husband of Nene Leakes (Real Housewives of Atlanta)
Joel Steven Siegel (1943 – 2007) — Metastatic | American film critic (Good Morning America)
John Andretti — NASCAR top series driver
John Herbert “Jackie” Gleason (1916 – 1987) — Metastatic, to liver | American comedian, actor, and musician (The Honeymooners, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Hustler)
John Wetton (1949 – 2017) — English singer, bassist, songwriter (Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson)
Peggy Lipton (1946 – 2019) — Actress, singer (The Mod Squad, Twin Peaks)
Richard Anthony Monsour “Dick Dale” (1937-2019) –American rock guitarist “King of Surf Guitar”
Robin Gibb (1949 – 2012) — Mets to liver | British singer, songwriter, record producer (Bee Gees)
Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004) — President of United States (1981 – 1989)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Supreme Court Justice
Sharon Osbourne – TV personality (Ozzy Osbourne’s Wife)
Tony Snow (1955 – 2008) — Journalist, Former White House Press Secretary
Vince Lombardi (1913 – 1970) — Athlete (Green Bay Packers: head coach, general manager)
Hodgkins Lymphoma
Bob Ross (1942-1995) — American painter
Delta Goodrem – Singer, songwriter, actress
SEric Berry – NFL player (Kansas City Chiefs: safety)
Ethan Zohn – Former American professional soccer player, reality TV contestant (Survivor: Africa)
Mario Lemieux – Canadian Hockey Player (Pittsburgh Penguins: center)
Michael C. Hall – Actor (Dexter, Six Feet Under)
Tessa James – Actress (Neighbours, Home and Away)
Vivian Campbell – Musician (Def Leppard: guitarist)
Kidney/ Renal Cancer
Albert Finney (1936-2019) — English Actor (Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient Express)
James Edward “Hacksaw” Duggan – American professional wrestler
Kaye Ballard (1925 – 2019) — American Actresss (Cinderella, The Perry Como Show)
Torrence “Boosie Badazz” Hatch – Rapper
Warren Christopher (1925 – 2011) — Former Secretary of State (1977 – 1981)
Leukemia
Andrew McMahon – Musician (Jack’s Mannequin/Something Corporate)
Jarrod Lyle (1981 – 2018) — Australian Professional Golfer
José Carreras – Acute lymphoblastic leukemia | Spanish tenor
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – MVP Athlete for NBA (Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers)
Ken Watanabe – Japanese Actor (Inception, The Last Samurai, Batman Begins)
Ross Perot (1930 – 2019) — Businessman (Founder, Walmart)
Sam Walton (1918 – 1992) — Businessman (Founder, Walmart)
Vanessa Bayer – Actress & comedian (SNL)
Dr. Wayne Dyer (1940 – 2015) — Psychologist, self-help author (Your Erroneous Zones)
Liver Cancer
David Bowie (1947 – 2016) — Musician
Gregg Alman (1947-2017) — Musician
Joseph “Smokin Joe” Frazier (1944-2011) — Athlete, professional boxer
Noah Buble – Son of Michael Buble
Lung Cancer
Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) — Painter, founder of French Impressionist painting style
Dean Martin (1917 – 1995) — Italian-American Musician
Desi Arnaz (1917 – 1986) — Actor (I Love Lucy)
Frank Pellegrino (1944 – 2017) — Actor (The Sopranos, Goodfellas)
Geoff Nicholls (1948 – 2017) — Musican (Black Sabbath)
Harry Reasoner (1923 – 1991) — American journalist (ABC, CBS; 60 Minutes: Founder)
Ken Kercheval (1935 – 2019) — Actor (Dallas)
Marion Mitchell Morrison (1907 – 1979) — Mets to stomach | Professionally known as “John Wayne,” Actor (True Grit, Stagecoach, The Quiet Man)
Paul Newman (1925 – 2008) — American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Hustler)
Peter Jennings (1939 – 2005) — Canadian-American journalist (ABC World News Tonight: Anchor)
Roger Charlery “Ranking Roger” (1963-2019) — British musician (The Beat)
Ronnie Wood – Musician (The Rolling Stones)
Rosemary Clooney (1928 – 2002) — Recurring | Italian-American musician, author (This For Remembrance)
Valerie Harper – Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis (rare condition where the lung cancer mets to the meninges) | Actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Freebie and the Bean)
Victor French (1934 – 1989) — Advanced stage | American actor & director (Little House on the Prairie, The Magnificent Seven, The Quick and the Dead)
Walt Disney (1901 – 1966) — Animator/Producer
William Christopher (1932 – 2016) — Actor (M*A*S*H*)
Yul Brynner (1920 – 1985) — Russian-born Swiss film & stage actor(The King and I, The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven). Worked with the American Cancer Society to have an anti-smoking commercial air after his death.
Lymphoma
Anthony Rizzo – Athlete (Cubs: first baseman)
George “Max” Wright (1943-2019) — American actor (Alf)
Jeffrey Ross Hyman (1951 – 2001) — AKA Joey Ramone, musician (The Ramones)
Laurence “Mr. T” Tureaud – Actor (The A-Team, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Rocky III)
Michael Crichton (1942 – 2008) — Author, screenwriter, producer (Jurassic Park)
Sheyene Gerardi – Model, TV actress, Venezuelan TV icon (Chamaleon)
Multiple Myeloma
Barry Du Bois – Designer, Television presenter
Don Baylor (1949 – 2017) — American League baseball MVP & manager
Mark Medoff (1940 – 2019) — American playwright, screenwriter (Children of a Lesser God)
Melvin Leon Stottlemyre (1941-2019) — MLB All-Star & World Series champion coach
Peter Boyle (1935 – 2006) — Actor (Everybody Loves Raymond)
Sam Walton (1918 – 1992) — Businessman (Founder, Walmart)
Tom Brokaw – Journalist
William Peter Blatty (1928 – 2017) — Novelist, filmmaker (The Exorcist)
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Abigale “Abby” Lee Miller – Burkitt | TV Personality (Dance Moms)
Andy Whitfield (1971 – 2011) — Actor (Spartacus)
Brittany Daniel – Actress (Joe Dirt, White Chicks, Skyline)
Gene Wilder (1933 – 2016) — American actor (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)
Jackie Kennedy (1929 – 1994) – Mets to spinal cord, brain, liver | First Lady of the United States
Paul Allen (1953 – 2018) — Businessman (Co-Founder, Microsoft)
Oral, Head & Neck Cancers
Cancerous Parotid Gland (ACC):
Adam Yauch (1964 – 2012) — American rapper, musician, film director, human rights advocate (The Beastie Boys: founding member)
Tony Gwyn (1960 – 2014) — Major League Baseball right fielder (San Diego Padres)
Esophageal Cancer:
Humphrey Bogart (1899 – 1957) — American actor (Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon)
Johnathan Demme (1944 – 2017) — American director, producer (Silence of the Lambs, Rachel Getting Married)
Robert Kardashian (1944 – 2003) — Defense attorney during O.J. Simpson’s 1995 murder trial. Father of Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Rob Kardashian
Steven Patrick Morrissey – Musician (The Smiths, Morrissey)
Jaw Cancer:
Jim Kelly – Athlete (Houston Gamblers, Buffalo Bills: Quarterback)
Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) — Jaw cancer | Psychoanalyst
Malignant Squamous Epithelioma:
Ulysses S. Grant (1822 – 1869) — President of the United States (1869 – 1877)
Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma:
George Herman “Babe” Ruth (1895 – 1948) — Athlete (Boston Red Sox, NY Yankees: outfielder/pitcher)
Kim Woo-bin – South Korean actor & model (Uncontrollably Fond, The Heirs)
Throat Cancer:
Angela “Big Ange” Riola (1960 – 2016) — mets to brain & lung | TV personality (Mob Wives)
Bob Denver (1935 – 2005) — Polish actor (Gilligan’s Island)
Beth Chapman – TV Personality (Dog and Beth: On The Hunt)
Dustin Hoffman – Actor (The Graduate, Kramer VS Kramer, Midnight Cowboy, Rain Man)
Erin Moran (1960 – 2017) — Actress (Joanie Cunningham, Happy Days)
George Harrison (1943 – 2001) — English guitarist, singer, songwriter, music & film producer (The Beatles: lead guitarist)
Levon Helm (1940 – 2012) — American musician & actor (The Band)
Miguel Ferrer (1955 – 2017) — Actor (Twin Peaks, RoboCop)
Mike Willesee (1942-2019) — Television Journalist
René Angélil (1942 – 2016) — Musician (Celine Dion’s husband)
Tongue Cancer:
Bruce Dickinson – Dutch-American musician, songwriter & producer (Iron Maiden)
Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen – Musician (Van Halen: lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist, co-founder)
Michael Douglass – Actor (Falling Down, Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction)
Peter Tork (1942 – 2019) — Recurring, Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC) | American musician & actor (The Monkees: keyboardist, bass guitarist)
Val Kilmer – Actor (Top Gun, Batman Forever)
Tonsil Cancer:
Brett Butler – Former Major League Baseball center fielder
Salivary Gland Cancer:
Roger Ebert (1942 – 2013) — Metastatic to jaw | American film critic, historian, journalist, screenwriter, author (PBS, Sneak Previews: Co-host)
Sarcoma
Osteosarcoma:
Carey Lander (1982 – 2015) — Vocalist & keyboardist (Camera Obscura). Lander campaigned for Sarcoma UK during her treatment and has her own donation page.
Terry Fox (1958 – 1981) — Mets to lungs | Canadian humanitarian, cancer research activist, and athlete. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research
Synovial Sarcoma:
Robert Urich (1946 – 2002) — American film, television and stage actor and television producer (Billy Flynn, Chicago; Dan Tanna, Vega$). Won the John Wayne Cancer Institute award & the Gilda Radner Courage Award for raising cancer awareness. Co-founded the Urich Fund for the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Named national spokesperson for the American Cancer Society in 1998.
Ovarian Cancer
Carol Channing (1921 – 2019) — Actress (Hello Dolly!)
Cobie Smulders – Actress (How I Met Your Mother)
Diem Brown (1980 – 2014) — TV personality
Edith Gonzalez (1964 – 2019) — Telanovela Actress (Salome, This is My Style)
Gilda Radner (1946 – 1989) — Actress, Comedian (Saturday Night Live)
Kathy Bates – Actress (Titanic)
Marcheline Bertrand (1950 – 2007) — Mother of Angelina Jolie
Wangari Maathai (1940 – 2011) — Kenyan political activist
Pancreatic Cancer
Alan Rickman (1946 – 2016) — Actor (Harry Potter)
George Alexander “Alex” Trebek – Game Show Host (Jeopardy)
Johnny Clegg (1953 – 2019) — South African musician
Karl Lagerfeld (1933 – 2019) — German fashion designer
Luciano Pavarotti(1935 – 2007) — Italian operatic tenor
Michael Landon (1956 – 1991) — Actor (Little House On The Prairie)
Patrick Swayze (1952 – 2009) — Actor (Dirty Dancing)
Richard Hatch (1945 – 2017) — American actor (Battlestar Galactica)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Supreme Court Justice
Sharon Jones (1956 – 2016) — Musician (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings) – Sharon will be honored at the upcoming Gildie Awards on March 30, 2017. To learn more, .
Sir John Hurt (1940 – 2017) — English actor (The Elephant Man, Harry Potter)
Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011) — Neuroendocrine tumor, or islet cell carcinoma | Cofounder, Innovator (Apple)
Prostate
Barry Bostwick – American stage & screen actor (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, What I Like About You, Spin City, Scandal)
Ben Stiller – Actor (Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, Dodgeball)
Bill Wyman – Musician
Colin Powell – Politician
Dennis Hopper (1936 – 2010) — Actor (Rebel Without a Cause)
Drew “Dr. Drew” Pinsky – Doctor and TV personality
Harry Belafonte – American singer, songwriter, activist, & actor
Hugh Masekela (1939 – 2018) — South African jazz musician and composer
Jerry Orbach (1935 – 2004) — American actor and singer (Law & Order)
Joe Simpson – Father of Jessica & Ashlee Simspson
John Dingell (1926 – 2019) — American politician
Larry King – American TV & radio host (Larry King Live)
Lemmy Kilmister (1945 – 2015) — Musician (Motörhead)
Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) — Activist
Nile Rodgers – Record Producer
Roger Moore (1927 – 2017) — Actor (James Bond)
Robert de Niro – Actor (Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, The Godfather, The Intern)
Robert Guillame (1927 – 2017) — American Voice Actor(The Lion King)
Rudy Giuliani – Former New York Mayor (1994 – 2001)
Ryan O’Neal – Actor (Love Story, Paper Moon, Barry Lyndon, What’s Up, Doc?)
Stephen Fry – English Comedian & actor
Tommy Chong – Actor (Cheech & Chong, Zootopia)
Skin
Basal Cell Carcinoma:
Bethenny Frankel – TV Personality (Real Housewives of New York City)
Melanie Griffith – Actress (Working Girl, Buffalo Girls)
Hugh Jackman – Actor (Wolverine, X-Men, Les Miserables)
Elizabeth Taylor (1932 – 2011) — Actress (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)

Melanoma:
Andy Cohen – TV Personality
Bob Marley (1945 – 1981) — Musician (Note: Marley died from Acral Lentiginous Melanoma, a very rare and aggressive form of melanoma)
Cybill Shepherd – American actress, singer, model (Jurassic Park)
James “Jimmy” Carter – Mets to brain & lungs | President of the United States (1977 – 1981)
Jeffrey Ross Hyman(1951 – 2001) — AKA Joey Ramone, musician (The Ramones)
Laurence “Mr. T” Tureaud – Actor (The A-Team, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Rocky III)
Lisa Wilkinson – Television Presenter
Oliver Sacks (1933 – 2015) — Ocular melanoma, mets to liver | British neurologist, naturalist, and author (The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings, Hallucinations)
Slick Woods – Model
Tamra Judge – TV Personality (The Real Housewives of Orange County)
Terry Melcher (1942 – 2004) — Record Producer
Mesothelioma:
Terence Steven “Steve” McQueen (1930 – 1980) — Metastatic malignant pleural mesothelioma | American actor (The Sand Pebbles, The Cincinnati Kid, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape)
Squamous Cell Carcinoma:
John McCain (1936 – 2018) — Politician (Arizona State Senator)
Stomach
Charles Bradley (1948 – 2017) — Legendary soul singer
Darlene Conley (1934 – 2007) — Actress (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Fred “Mr. Rogers” Rogers (1928 – 2003) — TV personality (Mister Roger’s Neighborhood)
Gloria Vanderbilt (1924 – 2019) — Fashion Designer, Socialite
Ken Watanabe – Japanese Actor (Inception, The Last Samurai, Batman Begins)
Masakazu Yoshizawa (1950 – 2007) — Japanese Flutist (Memoirs of a Geisha, The Joy Luck Club)
Sydney Pollack (1934 – 2008) — Film director (Out of Africa)
Testicular
Jaime “Taboo” Gomez – Musician (Black Eyed Peas)
Lance Armstrong – Athlete
Scott Hamilton – Retired American figure skater, Olympic gold medalist
Tom Greene – Actor, Comedian(Road Trip, Bling, Charlie’s Angels)
Thyroid Cancer
Brooke Burke – American actress , dancer, model, TV personality (Dancing With the Stars, Rock Star)
Daymond John – Businessman, Reality TV (Shark Tank)
Rod Stewart – Musician
Roger Ebert (1942 – 2013) — Papillary | American film critic, historian, journalist, screenwriter, author (PBS, Sneak Previews: Co-host)
Sofia Vergara – Actress (Modern Family, Chef, Four Brothers, The Smurfs)
William Rehnquist (1924 – 2005) — Chief Justice of American Supreme Court
Uterine Cancer
Ann Bancroft (1931 – 2005) — Actress & Director (The Miracle Worker)
Camille Monet (1847 – 1879) — Wife of Claude Monet
Fran Drescher – Actress (The Nanny, Saturday Night Fever, This Is Spinal Tap)
Gwen Ifill (1955 – 2016) — Endometrial | American Peabody Award-winning journalist, TV newscaster (PBS: Co-anchor & co-managing editor)
Robin Quivers –Endometrial | Radio Host (Howard Stern)
Stanley Ann Dunham (1942 – 1995) — Mets to ovaries | Mother of President Barack Obama
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Six sports stars who beat testicular cancer

1. Lance Armstrong

Armstrong is the most famous, and now the most notorious, athlete who has survived cancer. The cyclist completed the 1995 Tour de France but dropped out of the 1996 event for becoming ill. Months later, the 25-year-old was diagnosed with stage three (advanced) testicular cancer, which spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain. He underwent 12 weeks of chemotherapy. Three years later, Armstrong shocked the world and won his first of seven Tour de Frances titles in 1999.

2. Alan Stubbs

Former Bolton, Everton and Celtic defender Stubbs was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1999. He recovered and played an important part in Celtic winning the title in 2000-01. After winning his battle with cancer he joined his boyhood club Everton. “I look at myself as very, very lucky,” he said.

3. Jimmy White

In 1995, after a routine check-up with his doctor, White – one of snooker’s most popular figures ­- was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He was operated on almost immediately and soon after given the all clear. In a newspaper interview, he said: “If I hadn’t casually mentioned it to my GP I wouldn’t be speaking to you – or anyone – now.”

4. Eric Shanteau

Eric Shanteau is an American swimmer who competed in the 2008 Olympics despite being diagnosed with testicular cancer the week before. With inspiration from his dad, a fellow cancer survivor, Shanteau posted a personal best time. After the Olympics, he opted to immediately undergo surgery and went on to break two US records in the 2009 World Championships in Rome. He was also in the 4x100m medley relay team that broke the world record. In 2012, he won an Olympic gold in the 4x100m medley relay. He is now cancer-free.

5. Billy Mayfair

Mayfair is an American professional golfer with five career PGA Tour wins and three top-five finishes in Majors. In July 31, 2006, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent surgery just three days later. But, just two weeks later, Mayfair toughed it out once again and returned to play in the PGA Championship. He was only two strokes back through 36 holes. Mayfair still plays golf professionally and is now cancer-free.

6. Scott Hamilton

Hamilton is one of the most recognised male figure skating stars in the world. An Olympic Figure Skater for Team USA, Hamilton won 70 titles throughout his career. He captured the attention of the world in 1984 with his Olympic Gold medal performances in Sarajevo. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the height of his career in 1997 and went back on the ice straight after his 12 week treatment. He is now a leading campaigner and spokesman for cancer research.

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I became a testicular cancer survivor when I was diagnosed in January of 2000.

My dad had recently died from brain cancer. It had been a few years, but because I had been through everything with my dad, I knew what my family was going to feel. I knew all the panic that sets in. I needed some information, and I knew I could get some stuff on the Internet, which was a good source throughout my dad’s cancer. I remembered Lance’s story. He had just won his first Tour six months prior to that. So I found the Foundation Web site just a few minutes after I was diagnosed, and here was this great story. I didn’t know anything about Lance or cycling, and that really didn’t matter. It was some guy that had cancer and he was still alive. That was the story that I needed to tell my family when I said, “Hey, I’ve got cancer.” So I made it through the initial stages of all of that, telling everybody. It was still a panic, but I felt like we really got through all of that because I got an early diagnosis.

As we came up on a year after my diagnosis, we were going to have a little party. I called my mom to tell her we were getting together and she ended up calling me back. Instead of calling me back about the party, she was calling to tell me she had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. So it was a long stretch there. But she also got an early diagnosis and ripped through hers and is still doing great.

I think there was a lot of fear and stress. It’s tied to a lack of knowledge. Typically when people are diagnosed, they don’t know anything about it. They spend the first week trying to remember the name of the type of cancer they have, and they don’t know what to ask the doctors, or they don’t know who to ask. They might know somebody that had cancer before, and they may try to talk to them. I think in the past, there’s never been a good, central place where people could go to get information. I think that’s one of the most critical things they need. The information gives hope to people because they can see other survivors, and they can see that they have some treatment options.

When we first got involved with the Peloton Project at the Lance Armstrong Foundation, we had raised some money and decided to go to Austin for Ride for the Roses weekend. I didn’t really know what to expect. It was a great, fun weekend. There were celebrities there, and we met Lance and all that was real fun. But the thing that really stuck with us was the other survivors there and the words that they shared. When we went back home, we couldn’t wait to start raising money or doing something. We were already planning for going back the next year.

My wife’s dad didn’t really understand why we had bought the expensive bikes, and we then had to take them to Austin to ride. But the cycling was kind of a side aspect to it really. When we got back home, he asked us if we had a good time. And we said, “Oh, yeah.” We told him about meeting people and the stories, and he still wasn’t buying into all of it. He said, “Well, yeah. But would you go back again?” And my wife said, “Oh, we’re going back until there’s no more cancer.” So that was what we took away from that weekend. It’s something we look forward to every year, seeing other survivors and hearing their stories. There are hard parts about the weekend. We are always making friends that we later lose to cancer – that happens just about every year. But something always keeps us going back to it.

We have also had a booth for the Foundation at the Tour de Georgia all three years that it has been in existence. The first year, it was smaller but we had a good time, and we shared some information with people. Then we went back the next year, and then wouldn’t you know it, Lance ended up riding there. So we had a lot bigger interest, a bigger group of people and raised more money. And then this year, it was even bigger. But even though we raised thousands of dollars, we still remember the people that we met there. This year, we had a girl that came up to the booth who had come up last year, and had remembered talking to me. A couple of months after that, she was diagnosed with cancer, and I had given her some information when she was at the booth. She didn’t know she had cancer then. But she came back to share her story with us, and said, “Thank y’all so much for what you did last year.”

Being willing to share your cancer story, I found, inspires other cancer survivors. We run into that all the time, and you don’t have to be famous. You hear some of the stories when there’s a celebrity that’s involved, but that’s not what makes the difference. It’s just being a survivor and telling your story. My wife and I just took a vacation. We went to the beach for a long weekend. We went in the restaurant, and the place was packed. We were going to have to wait a couple of hours on a table. There were two girls sitting there, and they said, “Hey, y’all can sit with us.” So we sat down and just started chatting. Angie mentioned that we had been to France for the Tour de France. Angie said, “Jerry’s a cancer survivor, and we’re involved with the Lance Armstrong Foundation.” The girl sitting across the table, you could just see how her face changed. She leaned over and said, “I’m a cancer survivor. I’m on my third round with breast cancer.” So it was like this immediate connection, and she wanted to hear our story, and she wanted to tell us hers. But it was inspiring to her that we were doing something to try and help.

Whenever we’re talking to people and sharing our story, we tell them about ways to get involved with the Peloton Project, if they want to do something in their own community. They can do things to raise awareness or raise money. We’ll tell them about the Web site and how there are links where they can look up politicians in their area. It makes a difference to send a letter or send an email to somebody.

I’m really honored to be a part of LIVESTRONG™ Day for the LAF and to come to Washington to talk to members of Congress. In the past, I never felt like you could do something that would make a difference or that a politician would listen to you. I think coming to Washington, where you’re sitting down across the table from them, and you really have their attention, even if it’s for just a couple of minutes, really makes a difference. I hope that that sticks with them, that people care enough to come to try and make a difference. I think it has a much greater impact for a cancer survivor to talk to a politician about doing something to make a difference because it’s not just a lobbyist that’s paid to talk about an issue. It’s somebody that has been through it or is going through it, or maybe going through it for years to come. It’s that direct connection.

Not a day goes by that we’re not talking about something to do with cancer, or something about the Foundation. I’ll get an email from somebody and I’ll talk to my wife about that. Or somebody at her work will contact her because somebody was diagnosed with cancer, and they needed some help, and they call us or email us. It’s changed our lives for the better, for sure. I used to go to work and come home, and at the end of the day, didn’t always have much to show for it. I didn’t have a purpose that was making a difference anywhere. It feels like the day has a purpose – that we’re doing something now. So my life has a focus and a direction.

LIVESTRONG is an embodiment of survivorship. It’s being willing to share your story with others. I know that that has an impact on people. It spreads, and it gets other people involved, and that inspires other people, whether they’re newly diagnosed or down the road. It’s like the wristband. It’s a really small thing, but look how it spreads. They’re all over now. There are cancer survivors all over now. The more you’re willing to share that story, it lets other people know that there are people working to raise awareness, raise the money, be an advocate, go and talk to politicians, and try to get more funding. All of that is, in the end, going to help. At the end of the day, it hits everybody, whether you’re diagnosed, you know somebody’s that diagnosed, or you haven’t had any contact with the cancer community. You will. Sooner or later, everybody’s going to get touched.

My name is Jerry Kelly, and I’m a five-year testicular cancer survivor.

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