These 19 Celebrities Have Survived Cancer And Continue To Thrive In Their Lives And Careers
1. Sofia Vergara
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Sofia Vergara had a somewhat miraculous diagnosis of thyroid cancer back in 2001. While she was taking her son, Manolo, to his doctor, he noticed something abnormal in her neck and recommended medical care.
The Colombian actress now channels her newfound energy into activism for early detection campaigns.
2. Draco Rosa
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Draco Rosa, of Menudo, has had a recurrent battle against Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, near his liver. After relapsing and surviving again, Rosa collaborated with his nutritionist on a plant-based cookbook called, “El secreto de la vida a base de plantas.”
Rosa said, “We found the way to healthy eating. We don’t pretend to be doctors, we just want to share what we learned, and the benefits that plant-based eating has given us.”
3. Eric del Castillo
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Kate del Castillo’s own father had a bout of prostate cancer, though it was detected in its early stages back in August 2012. Less than a year later, he was cancer-free, and has since been advocating for early detection screenings, like the one that saved his life.
4. Patricia Reyes Spíndola
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Mexicana actress Patricia Reyes Spíndola also decided to keep her breast cancer to herself, and even kept the secret from her own mother to protect her. She eventually went public years later as part of a public campaign to fight against breast cancer in Mexico.
5. Alejandra Guzmán
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Mexican rock star Guzmán admitted her breast cancer experience felt like a battle for her body. She said it was painful to have her “femininity mutilated”, but that, “It’s an honor to be alive, to be a survivor, to be able to give a message of fighting, of strength, to all women and friends who are going through this.”
6. Jaime “Taboo” Gómez
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Black Eye Peas star was diagnosed with testicular cancer back in 2014. After he survived, he dropped the song “Fight” in 2016, of which all the proceeds went to the American Cancer Foundation.
7. Maria Marín
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The Puerto Rican motivational speaker definitely had to give herself many pep talks when she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Her own mother died of cancer at age 33. She had a double mastectomy, and is now cancer-free and even more motivated to be alive.
8. Alicia Machado
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She was once Miss Universe, but decided to keep her diagnosis of breast cancer from the world back in 2013. Eventually, she opened up to the world in an interview for CNN en Español.
9. Juan Manuel Cortés
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“Suelta la Sopa” anchor Cortés was open about his cancer from the beginning. He was diagnosed with lymphoma and even brought his fans with him for his treatments. He’s been cancer-free since December 2015.
10. Ana María Polo
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Cuban lawyer and host of legal reality show “Caso Cerrado” says that beating breast cancer has helped her appreciate the little things, like writing songs and paddle-boarding. She’s since become very active in raising awareness and money for cancer research.
11. Daniela Romo
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Mexican superstar Daniela Romo is best known for her hair, which was a significant experience when she had to shave her head. The actress battled and, eventually, beat breast cancer.
“I remember how I lost the last hair on my eyebrow. I saw myself being reborn,” she said, “I embraced the disease with love.”
12. Cecilia Galliano
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“One day I was walking in a store, and I felt a very strong sting,” she said. “They take me to the doctor and tell me I’m full of cancerous cysts. Three days later, I had surgery, an operation that was 8 hours long.”
The “Sabadazo” alumna is a survivor, though she admits that she’s afraid to get pregnant again.
13. Adamari Lopez
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Puerto Rican actress and Telemundo morning show “Un Nuevo Día” television host overcame breast cancer. The experience helped give her a new perspective on her resilient body.
”It doesn’t matter if at times I am fuller or thinner. What’s important is that I’m alive. I value every single moment.”
14. Vicente Fernández
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El charro de Huentitán has been through the ringer. He was diagnosed with liver cancer back in 2012 and has to have part of his liver removed. He survived, but it was only a few years later before he found out he had prostate cancer. But he survived that, too. 🙇🏽
15. Adriana Barraza
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Just a few years ago, “The 33” actress had a mastectomy to overcome her breast cancer. She’s been in remission for years. You can find her at “Adriana Barraza’s Black Box” acting school in Miami, FL, taking names.
16. Angélica María
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The “Bride of Mexico” had breast cancer back in 1997, which has required maintenance surgeries ever since. She was one of the first Latinas to make her cancer public, which was a fierce undertaking back before pink ribbons and breast cancer awareness was on the public radar.
17. Fernando del Solar
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The actor has confessed that the five years it took to beat his Hodgkin’s Lymphoma was the hardest of his life. “And out of nowhere in 24 months I lost my wife, money and fame, my children’s mother fled, she could not do this.”
He was near death, and was even put into an induced coma, but woke up on the tenth day, when they discovered that 70 percent of the tumor had disappeared. “When you realize that everything depends on you and you no longer become the victim, it is when everything is achieved.”
18. Lorena Meritano
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We know Meritano has the Argentinian telenovela star that carried “Pasión de Gavilanes,” but what you might not know is that she’s been battling breast cancer since 2014. She went into remission in April 2015, but has been fighting the relapse since January 2016.
Once a survivor, always a survivor.
19. Jorge Ortiz de Pinedo
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The actor was smoking two packs of cigarettes a day up until the day before he learned he had lung cancer back in 2012. Once he started inexplicably losing weight, he knew something was wrong. To this day, he’s shocked that he beat it.