According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 39.6% of men and women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Millions of people are diagnosed with various forms of cancer every year, and it often includes well-known stars.
Thankfully, treatment options are improving and the number of people living beyond a cancer diagnosis is expected to hit 19 million by 2024. The 20 celebrities on this list are part of that number. They have beat the odds and won the tough battle against a horrible disease.
1. Shannen Doherty
The Beverly Hills 90210 star recently announced that she is remission after an arduous two-year fight against breast cancer.
2. Ben Stiller
The Zoolander actor was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years ago, but he came out on top. "I’m doing great. I was really fortunate that my course of treatment was basically an operation and that was it," he told Today, in an exclusive interview last year.
3. Olivia Newton-John
Newton-John has won the breast cancer battle twice! She recently shared a video message on social media to let the world know that she is cancer-free after suffering a relapse earlier this year.
4. Dr. Drew
Even medical experts aren't safe from cancer. Back in 2013, Dr. Drew shocked the world when he spoke out about his prostate cancer battle on On Call with Dr. Drew. “If my urologist hadn’t pulled the trigger on the surgery, I would’ve died of prostate cancer, for sure,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
5. Sheryl Crow
The Grammy Award-winning singer has been cancer-free for over a decade now. Crow was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 but she fought hard to win against the disease. In 2011, during one of her yearly checkups, doctors found a tumor in her brain, but thankfully it turned out to be benign.