Chances are you or someone you know has been personally affected by some form of cancer. That makes sense, since according to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 38.4 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes — and celebrities are no exception. No amount of money, fame or success can prevent most types of cancer.
While it’s never easy to see one of your favorite actors or musicians going through cancer, the fact that some are so open about their diagnosis and treatments helps to demystify certain aspects of the disease. Celebrities also have the unique ability to raise awareness about whatever cancer they’ve been diagnosed with, which is especially important if it’s a rare type (which make up <50 percent of cancer diagnosis). Many also pair with nonprofit organizations to help raise funds for research.
Here’s a quick look at some familiar names who went public with their illnesses and where they are now.