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Famous Cancer Patients

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Cancer affects everyone and anyone

Cancer reaches everyone. Cancer affects the average Joe as well as the most royal Princess Kate who recently shared that with chemotherapy, “there are good days and bad days.” You probably know someone, a friend, a family member, or perhaps you have cancer. According to the American Cancer Society 2024 facts and figures, everyone is at risk of developing cancer and that risk increases with age with 88% of people diagnosed being over 50 years and 57% 65 and older. Awareness of cancer is critical to early detection and an increased likelihood of a positive outcome for cancer patients. One of the profound ways people become aware of cancer is by learning about famous people or celebrities who are battling cancer. Their stories can help inspire, increase awareness, and give hope to all. In this blog, we share the stories of a few celebrities in hope that it will do good for those who may worry about the disease.


Hugh Jackman. This A-list actor has played roles from Romantic Comedies to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Wolverine. He has had basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer, many times. He has used his diagnosis to increase awareness of the importance of regular checkups and sun safety. He openly talks about his cancer encouraging others to be aware and to improve early detection.


Princess Kate Middleton. Probably one of the most famous real-life princesses, Kate Middleton recently revealed that she was undergoing preventative treatments starting in late February after being hospitalized for two weeks following a planned abdominal surgery. Although she and Prince William have been relatively private, they recently announced in response to well-wishers. The public response highlights the importance of positive support for those who are struggling with cancer.


Shannon Doherty. Known for her roles in Beverly Hills 90210 and many other TV shows, Shannon was diagnosed in 2015 with breast cancer. She has been fairly open about the process including undergoing reconstructive surgery which has been a positive way to increase awareness of breast cancer.


Positive Celebrity Impact. Celebrities who share their stories about cancer can do much good by attracting advocacy and support for cancer research and innovation. Their stories raise awareness making it easier for people to talk about cancer earlier which can lead to earlier detections. Patients who grapple with cancer can be inspired and have increased hope knowing they are not alone.


Dayspring Cancer Clinic

At Dayspring Cancer Clinic, you don’t have to be a celebrity to be treated like one. Talk to Dr. Andrew Dickens to learn more about how you and your cancer will get all the attention necessary to bring about a positive outcome for you and your family.  Call 480-699-7400 or schedule a consultation at


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