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15 Celebrities Who Survived Cancer


Sunday, June 7th, is National Cancer Survivors Day, the perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate those who have won their battle with cancer.

The following celebrities were all diagnosed with some form of cancer, from brain tumors to Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, but kept fighting and are now cancer-free.

Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo

Type of Cancer: Brain Tumor

In 2001, Mark Ruffalo had a vivid dream that he had a brain tumor and it bothered him so much he decided to go see a doctor. As it turned out, he did have a brain tumor, but he didn’t tell anyone about it for weeks. His wife was pregnant at the time, so he waited to make a public announcement until a week after his son’s birth.

Ruffalo had successful surgery to remove the tumor. He told The Guardian, “The whole experience of getting close to mortality changed my perspective. I thought I deserved more, and I wasn’t grateful for all the great shit that had happened to me. After the brain tumor happened, I realized I love acting, I’ve always loved it, I may never get a chance to do it again.”

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman

Type of Cancer: Skin Cancer

In 2013, Hugh Jackman discovered Basal Cell Carcinoma on his nose, and since then he’s had several procedures for skin cancer. Jackman now gets checked every three months.

“I’m realistic about the future,” he told the Associated Press. “And it’s more than likely that I’ll have at least one more but probably many more, which is not uncommon for an Aussie, particularly from English stock, growing up in Australia where I don’t remember ever being told to put sunscreen on.”

Jackman has used his fame to raise awareness about skin protection, including taking to Instagram with post-surgery pictures, urging people to “PLEASE! PLEASE! WEAR SUNSCREEN!”

Related: A Men’s Health Editor shares His Battle with Skin Cancer.

Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate

Type of Cancer: Breast Cancer

As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, Christina Applegate received regular mammograms since the age of 30. In 2008, when she was 36, it was recommended that she receive an MRI, and she soon learned that she had breast cancer.

Applegate received a double mastectomy and has since become an advocate for early detection. She founded the organization Right Action for Women, which offers free MRIs for high-risk women.

In an interview with WebMD, Applegate said, ‘When I was able to find my cancer in the stage I did, my passion for wanting to do something for these women was beyond what I could express.”

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