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In 2004, Melissa Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy. The bald Etheridge made her first public appearance after chemo when she belted out Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" at the 2005 Grammys.
Actress Cybill Shepherd can tell you all about the dangers of the sun. Shepherd was diagnosed with skin cancer -- melanoma -- back in 2002. Reportedly Shepherd used to bake in the sun a lot as a teenager. Now, she's an advocate for skin cancer awareness and sun protection.
Lance Armstrong was given just a 2% chance of surviving his testicular cancer back in 1996 because it had spread to his abdomen, brain and lungs. But he not only beat the odds, he continued to win the Tour de France over and over again. Armstrong's ex, Sheryl Crow, is also a cancer survivor -- she had a breast cancer diagnosis back in 2006.
Some celebrities choose to keep their cancer battles very private, and that was the case with actress Kathy Bates. Best known for her role in the movie Misery, Bates was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003, but did not reveal her illness to the public until 2009.
Unlike many breast cancer patients who choose chemotherapy, Suzanne Somers choose surgery, radiation and natural and holistic alternative treatments instead. Somers interviewed several doctors and experts about various cancer treatments and used the interviews as the basis of her book, Knockout, about alternative treatments to chemotherapy.
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