27 Celebrities Who Beat Cancer

By: Teresa McGlothlin

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About This Article

Fame and fortune don't mean anything to cancer! Cancer touches everyone's lives, and celebrities are no different. Every year around the world, over 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with various forms of the disease. Thankfully, medical and technological advancements are creating a higher rate of survival than ever before, and these celebrity survivors are living proof. 

From former presidents to Golden Globe winners, these 27 survivors have been proactive about their treatments. They've also made it their mission to empower and to inspire others. Whether they fought in public or in private, each has a message that every person who is fighting or fearing cancer should hear. Their stories of hope will uplift you, but they will also make you want to head to the doctor to get a clean bill of health. Over and over again, they state that prevention is the cure. Their experienced words of wisdom will touch you. 

As Robin Roberts says, they have turned their mess into their message, and they've proven that the will to overcome is stronger than their disease. Once you learn about their battles, you'll look at your life and your health in a different way. And, you'll want to share their message of triumph. 


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