11 Brave Celebs Who Fought Cancer and Beat It Like a Drum

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Cancer is a very frightening diagnosis that can leave anyone feeling small and alone. When celebrities get the disease but choose to fight in public, their struggles can help others feel less isolated and hopefully provide some much needed inspiration. Many of these stars lend their time and money to further the search for a cure.

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Hugh Jackman Age 47

The Australian actor has undergone three surgeries to remove skin cancer from his nose. Unfortunately, he may need more treatments in the future.
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Robert De Niro Age 72

The Godfather actor is a prostate cancer survivor. De Niro’s cancer was detected at an early stage thereby making his comeback more likely.
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Kathy Bates Age 67

The versatile actress is a two-time cancer survivor, having beaten ovarian cancer in 2003 and breast cancer in 2012.
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Michael C. Hall Age 44

The Dexter actor is a survivor of a treatable form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma after being diagnosed in January, 2010.
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Edie Falco Age 52

The Nurse Jackie actress is a breast cancer survivor. Once diagnosed, she kept her illness a secret on the set of the HBO drama, “The Sopranos”
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Tig Notaro Age 44

The Stand Up Comedian is a breast cancer survivor. She had a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with cancer in both breasts.
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Drew Pinsky Age 57

The Dr. Drew star revealed that he underwent surgery for prostate cancer In 2013. He is has maintained a cancer free state since treatment.
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Fran Drescher Age 58

The Nanny actress is a uterine cancer survivor. After she was diagnosed in 2000, she wanted a way to allow women diagnosed with cancer the best chances at survival. So she started the Cancer Schmancer Movement.
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Richard Roundtree Age 73

The Shaft actor survived a rare diagnosis of male breast cancer after undergoing a double mastectomy and chemotherapy to treat the disease. Because breast cancer is largely viewed as a woman’s disease, Roundtree now campaigns to promote early breast cancer detection for males.
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Robin Roberts Age 55

The anchor of ABC’s morning show Good Morning America, Roberts is a breast cancer survivor. “As many of you know, 5 years ago I beat breast cancer. I’ve always been a fighter, and with all of your prayers and support, a winner.” she said in 2013 after she was diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow.
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Olivia Newton-John Age 67

Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. She underwent treatment and has been an advocate for cancer research and early detection.
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