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This list of celebrities who survived cancer is ranked by fame and popularity. Cancer is the term for a class of diseases in which tumors develop in an individual's body. Several famous actors, actresses, musicians, and athletes have battled cancer and survived. One famous comedian even documented his treatment for a television special.

Hugh Jackman is one of, sadly, many celebrities who have had cancer. Jackman underwent two surgeries to remove skin cancer from his nose and the X-Men actor thinks that he will need many more. He says, "I'm realistic about the future and it's more than likely that I'll have at least one more but probably many more, which is not uncommon for an Aussie particularly from English stock growing up in Australia where I don't remember ever being told to put sunscreen on."

Wanda Sykes is a breast cancer survivor. She told Ellen DeGeneres that she was hesitant to announce that she had cancer. "I was like I don't know, should I talk about it or what. How many things could I have? I'm black, then lesbian. I can't be the poster child for everything," Sykes said.

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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 45+ Celebrities Who Survived Cancer
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Hugh Jackman has undergone three surgeries to remove skin cancer from his nose, all within a year's time.  The X-Men actor thinks that he will need many more treatments. He says, "I'm realistic about the future and it's more than likely that I'll have at least one more but probably many more, which is not uncommon for an Aussie, particularly from English stock growing up in Australia where I don't remember ever being told to put sunscreen on."

Age: 48

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Singer, + more

Credits: The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men, Les Misérables

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#27 on The Best Actors Working Today

#66 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#23 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

#12 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 45+ Celebrities Who Survived Cancer
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"Soak Up the Sun" singer Sheryl Crow is a breast cancer survivor.

Age: 55

Birthplace: USA, Kennett, Missouri

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Music Teacher, Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: Boyhood, K-PAX, Cars, Point Break

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#51 on The Best Current Female Singers

#57 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 45+ Celebrities Who Survived Cancer
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Robert De Niro is a prostate cancer survivor.

Age: 73

Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

Credits: Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino, Meet the Parents

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#6 on The Best Actors Working Today

#3 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#5 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#2 on The Best Living American Actors

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Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 45+ Celebrities Who Survived Cancer
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Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. She underwent treatment and is now an advocate for cancer research.

Age: 68

Birthplace: Cambridge, United Kingdom

Profession: Songwriter, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Actor, Singer

Credits: Grease, Face/Off, Olivia Down Under, Sordid Lives

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#77 on The Best Singers of All Time

#22 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#99 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

#49 on The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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