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Cancer Fighters: 5 Celebrities Who Survived Cancer

As the world continues to react to news that Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has colon cancer - we preview celebrit...

As the world continues to react to news that Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has colon cancer - we preview celebrities diagnosed with some form of cancer, from brain tumors to Hodgkin’s Lymphoma - but kept fighting and are now cancer-free. 

Below we celebrate those who have won their battle with cancer.

Lance Armstrong - testicular cancer 
Lance Armstrong, one of the 100 Fittest Men of All Time, became an icon for cancer survivors, with his powerful 'Livestrong' campaign for cancer awareness and the message to keep fighting.

Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October of 1996, and learned that it had already spread to his brain, lungs, and abdomen. 

He began chemotherapy immediately, and in February of 1997, he was declared cancer-free.
Morgan Tsvangirai and Wife Elizabeth 

About his diagnosis, he said that it was important “To continue believing in yourself, believing in the doctors, believing in the treatment, believing in whatever I chose to believe in.” 

Tom Green - testicular cancer
In May of 2000, MTV aired a special written, directed, and starring Tom Green, entitled “The Tom Green Cancer Special.” 

It cataloged Green’s experience with testicular cancer, and even featured graphic footage from his own successful surgery.

“The weird part is how quickly all of this has happened. In three months, I found out I had cancer. I got rid of cancer, and now I’m recovering from cancer. And the truth is, I don’t have cancer anymore. 

"I want people to know that it’s gone. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been so public. I want to raise awareness among young guys who don’t ordinarily think about cancer. Check yourself every day.”

Mr T - t-cell lymphoma
Believe it or not, even Mr. T is not immune to cancer. In 1995, he was removing a diamond earring and felt a bump. Two weeks later, he went to a dermatologist, where a biopsy revealed he had T-Cell Lymphoma.

“Can you imagine that?” Mr. T told Coping magazine, “Cancer with my name on it—personalised cancer.” Cancer had reappeared several times for Mr. T before he became cancer free, but each time he kept on fighting. 

In classic Mr. T fashion, he had this to say: “I pity the fool who just gives up. We all gonna die eventually from something or other, but don’t be a wimp. Put up a good fight. 

"Don’t sit around waiting on death. We can be living with cancer, not dying from it. We can be cancer survivors.” 

Sharon Osbourne - colon cancer

In 2002, Sharon Osbourne was diagnosed with colon cancer, which eventually required the surgical removal of a one-foot section of her colon.

When she discovered that she had a gene linked to breast cancer ten years later, she made a bold decision. 

“I’ve had cancer before and I didn’t want to live under that cloud. I decided to just take everything off, and had a double mastectomy.”

Rod Stewart - thyroid cancer
In the year 2000, Rod Stewart was undergoing a routine CAT scan when a tumor was found on his thyroid gland. 

Surgery on the throat was a terrifying ordeal, especially for a singer, but Stewart credited the skill of his surgeon with making him cancer free.

“I’m one of the lucky ones,” he told the Oral Cancer Foundation, “The first thing you think is ‘Why?’ The next thing you think is ‘What can I do to help?”

And Stewart has since devoted a great deal of time to the City of Hope Foundation, which seeks cures for all kinds of cancer. - Online Sources 

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