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Famous People Who Survived Prostate Cancer

Updated September 23, 2021 8.7k views27 items

Prostate cancer, while serious, is fortunately very treatable if caught early. Many of these famous people with prostate cancer were diagnosed during routine screenings or shortly after noticing symptoms, allowing them to get the swift medical intervention necessary to save their lives. Their stories about their cancer experiences often inspire others in similar situations, reminding other sufferers they are not alone and that there is hope. 

Many celebrities with prostate cancer open up publicly about being survivors with the goal of raising awareness. Ben Stiller, for example, posted an essay online about his experiences with prostate cancer. Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry have also spoken about their cancer experiences. While stories of people who survived prostate cancer are inspiring, it's important to also commemorate those who did not. Some of the celebs below fought their cancer for many years before ultimately succumbing to it. Nevertheless, they reminded others you can still have a meaningful life, even while dealing with the struggles of cancer. To learn more, read the list below.

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    In 2012, Warren Buffett announced that he was diagnosed with stage I prostate cancer, saying, "The good news is that I've been told by my doctors that my condition is not remotely life-threatening or even debilitating in any meaningful way."

    Buffett finished his radiation treatments later that year. 

    • Age: 91
    • Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
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    Rudy Giuliani was treated for prostate cancer in 2000. During his 2007 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, he said that he was completely cancer free.

    Leaving an event, he assured reporters, "All those tests came out perfect. I'm very healthy, I'm very strong. Because it's me - a presidential candidate or whatever - I think I got more tests than you would normally get. I know now that I'm in very good condition."

    • Age: 77
    • Birthplace: East Flatbush, New York City, New York, USA
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    Roger Moore, famous for portraying James Bond, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1993 and he underwent a successful surgery to remove the prostate. He died as the result of an unspecified cancer in 2017 at the age of 89.

    • Age: Dec. at 89 (1927 - 2017)
    • Birthplace: Stockwell, London, United Kingdom
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    Charlie Wilson

    While Charlie Wilson initially had a bleak outlook following his prostate cancer diagnosis in 2008, he became more optimistic after talking to his doctor.

    He spoke of the experience, saying, "I remember hearing I had prostate cancer like it was yesterday. I was convinced my life was over. I worked hard at overcoming other life challenges and had the will to return to the top of my game in the music business." 

    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma