On World Cancer Day, the whole world will be utilising the day to raise awareness about the deadly disease – cancer. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer is “the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases in 2012.” Cancer, which is the second leading cause of death globally after heart attack, affects the famous and not-so-famous alike.
Though, according to WHO, “approximately 70% of deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries,” the affluent also get affected by it. One-third of cancer cases have caused five leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use. Therefore, cancer can affect anyone, regardless of them being wealthy or not.
Here are some celebrities who developed cancer and either fought it or succumbed to it.Vinod Khanna
The veteran actor and Member of Parliament (MLA) succumbed to advanced level bladder cancer at the age of 70. Khanna hid the news of his cancer from the public for many years.Rajesh Khanna
Another veteran Bollywood actor who fell prey to cancer was Rajesh Khanna who was diagnosed with the deadly disease in 2011 and died in 2012.Nargis Dutt
One of the greatest actresses of Indian cinema, Nargis, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent treatment for the disease in New York. Unfortunately, she died in 1981 after falling into coma.Manisha Koirala
In November 2012, Manisha was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and underwent surgery in December. She then underwent various chemotherapy sessions and presently, she has been cancer-free for five years.Anurag Basu
In 2004, Barfi director Anurag Basu was diagnosed with leukemia (blood cancer) and doctors said he had only 50% chances of surviving. During the shooting of ‘Tumsa Nahin Dekha’, doctors told Basu that he had only two months to live. However, the director overcame the disease and went on to become a successful filmmaker.Alan Rickman
Rickman, who is known for his role of Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2015. On 14th January 2016, Rickman died at the age of 69.David Bowie
Fondly known as Starman, Bowie kept the news of his liver cancer private. On 10 January 2016, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of the album Blackstar, Bowie died from liver cancer in his New York City apartment.Robert De Niro
Hollywood’s living legend Robert Di Niro was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2003. The Godfather actor underwent surgery in December 2003 and has been healthy again ever since.Hugh Jackman
The X-Men star was diagnosed with basal-cell carcinoma, which is the most common type of skin cancer. The Australian actor underwent treatment in November 2013, where doctors removed the basal-cell carcinoma from his nose and again in December 2014 to remove another carcinoma.
In June 2014, Stiller was diagnosed with prostate cancer for which he underwent surgery. The Cable Guy actor has been living a cancer-free live since September 2014.