It’s easy being a hero on screen but it takes guts to be one off screen. The following celebrities have used their talent, identity and celebrity status to show cancer who’s boss while encouraging others like them to battle the odds. Meet the celebrities who kicked cancer’s behind and are teaching others to do the same.
Lead of the Oscar nominated film Water, Lisa Ray has always been open about her myeloma after being diagnosed in 2009. The actress has gone on to partake in several charity fundraisers and marathons which spread cancer awareness as well as raise funds to battle the disease.
The star of Fashion Police and red carpet queen, Guliana Rancic underwent a double mastectomy weeks after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Through her series Guliana & Bill, the television personality made her struggle public in hopes to educate the masses.
India’s pride and all rounder Yuvraj Singh faced every curveball cancer threw at him with dignity. A true sportsman, Yuvraj successfully battled serinoma, which had caused tumor growth between his heart and lung. He recently made his comeback at the T20 match in Austrialia and boy was he great!
Christina Applegate underwent a double mastectomy after doctors found cancerous lumps in one of her breasts in July 2008. She is now very involved in breast cancer prevention and has started her own foundation.
Nepali beauty Manisha Koirala was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 42 years. She boldly posted her pictures during chemotherapy, not shying from the hair loss she suffered as a side effect. Today, she is one of the most outspoken advocates for cancer survivors in India.
After discovering she had breast cancer during a routine mammogram, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter underwent minimally invasive surgery for early-stage breast cancer in February 2006, followed by six weeks of radiation. She has since campaigned to raise awareness about the importance of annual mammograms.
Award winning director Anuraj Basu was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006, shortly after his film Tumsa Nahin Dekha hit the floors. A true and dedicated director, Anurag Basu directed his film from the hospital bed and emerged victorious. Thereafter the director continue to give Bollywood hits such as Life In A Metro and Barfi.
Hugh Jackman has been very open about his skin cancers since first discovering Basal Cell Carcinoma on his nose in 2013. Despite his repeated relapses, Jackman continues to fight the odds and emerge victorious.