Celebrity cancer survivors are simply people who are well known or much talked about due to certain accomplishments, talents, acts of heroism or something circumstantial happening to them.
We either love them or we don't ...doesn't matter ...they're still celebrities ...and they're still people!
There's the possibility that at some time in their lives they could be stricken with some type of cancer ...just like anyone else. When that happens, it becomes a newsworthy topic and all the general public is paying attention.
We follow their struggles and I think most of us applaud them when they win their battle against cancer.
These famous cancer survivors and celebrity cancer survivors often go on and do much to promote awareness and gain support to help others who are stricken by this ugly disease.
Ask yourself ...can I learn from these celebrities how to prevent or fight cancer in my life?
I'm sure there's something to learn for you ...and when you find it, pass it on to others!
Ryan O'Neal's struggle with stage two prostate cancer has its ups and downs, but does not seem to be a death sentence. Ryan revealed that he also has skin cancer ...a small melanoma on his nose. The melanoma has been removed and doesn't appear to have spread.
In a nightline exclusive, he said, "Welcome to Malibu and the sun."
Ryan O'Neal turned 71 on 4/20/2012 and is known for his roles in the films "Love Story" in 1970 and "Paper Moon" in 1973. Most recently, he has had a reoccurring role in "Bones", a TV series. Ryan's book is titled ...The Both Of Us: My Life With Farrah.
Here's to Ryan joining the ranks of other long time celebrity cancer survivors.
Christina Applegate was diagnosed with breast cancer in early August 2008.
Even though the cancer was detected on only one of her breasts, she underwent a double mastectomy.
She did not undergo surgery or radiation. She decided to undergo reconstructive surgery over a period of 8 months.
Applegate created the "Right Action for Women" organization aka the Christina Applegate Foundation. She stated on the Tonight Show "If I can just save one person. That's why I'm doing this."
Sheryl Crow's battle with breast cancer in 2006 caused her to take a look at what she wanted out of life.
She won her battle and joined the ranks of other celebrity cancer survivors.
She was already a fitness fanatic and a smart eater. She stepped up her lifestyle and moved to a farm outside of Nashville, where she lives with her two adopted sons Wyatt and Levi.
On April 18th, 2012 she was awarded the 2012 Courage Award in Los Angeles after winning her battle against breast cancer.
On April 2 8th, 2012 she completed a half-marathon for charity in Nashville and did surprisingly well.
Rod Stewart was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 1999.
He underwent surgery in 2000 and then had to learn how to sing all over again.
His cancer was discovered during a routine CAT scan. He had surgery the next day and made a full recovery, joining other famous cancer survivors.
His bout with cancer made him realize how precious life is and he now has devoted much of his time to others who are not as fortunate as he. He helps to publicize the fight against cancer.
Another of the celebrity cancer survivors, John McCain battled melanoma and put the potential deadly disease in the spotlight.
In 1993, doctors detected and surgically removed a melanoma on his left arm.
A second time, during the 2000 Republican convention it became big news after his first run for the Republican nomination for president.
Doctors removed two melanomas ...one on his temple, another on his left arm and at least one of his lymph nodes to be sure the cancer had not spread.
In his last run for the 2008 presidential election was quick to point out he has been cancer-free for several years.
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Ewan McGregory, as reported in 2008, had an experience with skin cancer and says he is "fine" now.
The Scottish actor, 37, revealed on BBC that he had a suspicious looking mole from just below his right eye. At the time he was promoting his sex thriller Deception.
"You have to be careful if you're pale-skinned and spend any time in the sun," McGregor said. "I went to see a specialist who thought they were better to be removed, and indeed he was correct."
In answer to a stupid question, if he was scared, the Jedi knight from the Star Wars prequels replied smartly: "It was great fun having skin cancer, it was great, I really enjoyed it."
Michael Douglas - Throat cancer
Michael C. Hall - Hodgkin's lymphoma
Roger Ebert - Thyroid cancer
Sharon Osbourne - Colin cancer
Diahann Carroll - Breast cancer
Cynthia Nixon - Breast cancer
Lance Armstrong - Testicular cancer
Scott Hamilton - Testicular cancer
Fran Drescher - Uterine cancer
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"MELANOMA : “NO BIG DEAL ” IT'S JUST SKIN CANCER!
Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick
Scared to Death!!! - by Shelly
Our Cancer Stories are so similar, mine and Gary's! - by Valerie
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