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Famous People with Cancer

Famous People with Cancer

Below is a list of famous people with cancer. Some on the list have departed. Some of the stars and other notables with cancer are still struggling with the affliction and some have made a full recovery.

Cancer knows no social or economic boundaries. The rich and famous are as likely to be afflicted with cancer as the general population.
Famous People with Cancer
Sheryl Crow (top) and Lance Armstrong (bottom)

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2013, approximately 1.66 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed. And also in 2013 approximately 600,000 people are expected to die of cancer. The four major mortality groups include breast, prostate, colorectal and lung cancer.

Below is a partial list that shows the stars, celebs and notables with cancer both historical and present day.

List of Famous People Who Have / Had Cancer

Christina Applegate
Lance Armstrong
Desi Arnaz
Kaye Ballard
Anne Bancroft
Brigitte Bardot
Count Basie
Kathy Bates
Harry Belafonte
Jack Benny
Ingrid Bergman
Shirley Temple Black
Humphrey Bogart
Eileen Brennan
Yul Brenner
Tom Brokaw
William F. Buckley, Jr.
Diahann Carroll
Rosemary Clooney
Ty Cobb
Johnnie Cochran
Nat King Cole
Jackie Collins
Chuck Connors
Gary Cooper
Michael Crichton
Sheryl Crow
Skeeter Davis
Robert De Niro
Bob Denver
Walt Disney
Bob Dole
Jimmy Dorsey
Fran Drescher
Elizabeth Edwards
Jill Eikenberry
Duke Ellington
Melissa Etheridge
Edie Falco
Farrah Fawcett
Peggy Fleming
Sigmund Freud
Betty Ford
Barbara Bel Geddes
Robin Gibb
Rudy Giuliani
John Gotti
Bette Grable
Billy Graham
Ulysses S. Grant
Tony Gwynn
Dorothy Hamill
Valerie Harper
George Harrison
Susan Hayward
Christopher Hitchens
Dennis Hopper
Mo Howard
Hubert Humphrey
Chet Huntley
Jill Ireland
Burl Ives
Kate Jackson
Peter Jennings
Angelina Jolie
Ann Jillian
Olivia Newton John
Andy Kaufman
Buster Keaton
Jim Kelly
Joan Kennedy
Ted Kennedy
John Kerry
Eartha Kitt
Don Knotts
Louis L’Amour
Michael Landon
Sondra Locke
Joan Lunden
Nelson Mandela
Roger Maris
Linda McCartney
Rue McClanahan
Steve McQueen
John Mcvie
Audrey Meadows
Robert Mitchum
Kylie Minoque
Agnes Moorehead
Edward R. Murrow
Janet Napolitano
Paul Newman
Pat Nixon
Sandra Day O’Connor
Jackie Onassis
Jerry Orbach
Jesse Owens
Arnold Palmer
Bert Parks
George Peppard
Dr. Drew Pinsky
Suzanne Pleshette
June Pointer
Sydney Pollack
Colin Powell
Vincent Price
Nancy Reagan
Harry Reasoner
Lynn Redgrave
Pee-Wee Reese
William Rehnquist
Ann Richards
Cokie Roberts
Robin Roberts
Richard Roundtree
Nipsey Russell
Babe Ruth
Mike Schmidt
Charles Schulz
Carly Simon
Frank Sinatra
Jaclyn Smith
Dame Maggie Smith
Tony Snow
Suzanne Somers
Dusty Springfield
Gloria Steinem
Pat Stevens
Ed Sullivan
Patrick Swayze
Joe Torre
Linda Tripp
Forrest Tucker
Lana Turner
Garrick Utley
Porter Wagoner
Charlie Watts
John Wayne
Gene Wilder
August Wilson
Garo Yepremian
Warren Zevon

As you can see from the list, this disease favors no one person or group. Famous people are as likely to get cancer as you or me.

Nelson Mandela

Cancer Facts

According to the CDC, U. S. States with the Highest Incidents of Cancer – Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

According to the CDC, U. S. States with the Lowest Incidents of Cancer – Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, New Mexico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.


From Hollywood celebrities to politicians to sports heroes and other notables, cancer can strike anyone at any time. Some call cancer “The Disease of Our Age.”

External Links

American Cancer Society Facts 2013

Center for Disease Control (CDC)