Meet the famous figures who have battled cancer

King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer, says Buckingham Palace

Stars Insider

05/02/24 | StarsInsider

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On Monday, February 5, Buckingham Palace made the shocking announcement that King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer. “During the king’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted. Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer," read a statement from the Palace. “His majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties."

The statement explained that he would carry on handling state business and paperwork while he undergoes cancer treatment. It went on to say that the King chose to share his diagnosis to avoid speculation about his absence, and to "assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer.” He is reportedly feeling optimistic about his treatment and looks forward to returning to public duties as soon as possible. The form of cancer was not specified, although it appears not to be related to the prostate enlargement for which he recently sought treatment. 

It's estimated that 10 million people die of cancer every year, and nearly twice as many people are diagnosed with the disease. It's an incredibly common and often devastating illness that has touched most of us in one way or another. Even still, it's surprising to learn just how many famous faces have battled cancer. Thankfully, many of them have lived to tell the tale and inspire us with their perseverance in the face of such adversity.

Click through this gallery to learn more about more stars who won their battles with cancer, the ones who have not won the fight yet, and the unlucky few who ultimately lost theirs.

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