Celebrities who have been diagnosed with cancer under the age of 40...
1. Micheal C Hall - in January 2010 Hall, age 38, revealed he was being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After undergoing chemotherapy, Hall was officially in remission by late April 2010.
Hall addressed his thoughts on battling cancer with a January 2016 interview with The Guardian stating, “When people go get chemo, they’re not injecting themselves with will – I have lost various loved ones to cancer, and I certainly don’t feel that I am any stronger or braver than them.”
2. Mark Ruffalo - was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2000, at age 33. In a 2013 interview with the Acoustic Neuroma Association, Ruffalo recounted how he sought help from a set doctor and said, “Listen, I really had a scary dream last night and you’ll probably think I’m crazy but um… But I think I have a brain tumour and I would really like to get it uh… checked out.” Ruffalo made a full recovery.
3. Bob Marley - is one of the most famous musicians to come from Jamaica and is credited with bringing reggae music into the mainstream . In 1977 he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in one of his toes, but disregarded his doctor’s order to amputate.
Ultimately, cancer had spread throughout his body to his brain and lungs and the singer died at the age of 36 in 1981. His last words - said to his son, Ziggy, at the now-University of Miami Hospital - were, “Money can’t buy life.”
4. Christina Applegate - was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, at age 36, and underwent a prophylactic double mastectomy. In a 2011 interview with People magazine, Applegate credited the birth of her daughter, Sadie Grace, with helping her to see beyond her breast cancer diagnosis. Rather than constantly talking about and focusing on cancer, her child became the new focus. Applegate stated, “She’s healed me in so many ways.”
5. Kylie Minogue - When the news of her breast cancer diagnosis was revealed in 2005, Minogue was only 37 years old. In 2012, Minogue opened up about how her diagnosis has affected her, saying, “I have reminders of it every day so it definitely affects my life in a small part, so you just have to adapt and do things slightly differently… just deal with it and move on.”
6. Lance Armstrong - founder of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, was diagnosed in 1996, at the age of 25, Armstrong had stage three testicular cancer that spread to his brain, lungs, and abdomen. He became a champion for the cause and was officially in remission by February 1997.
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