Famous People With Colon Cancer
Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. Unfortunately, no one is exempt from the disease, not even the celebrities close to our hearts. Here is a list of some of the famous people who lived and died from colorectal cancer.
Charles M. Schulz: The famous cartoonist behind the comic strip “Peanuts” died February 12, 2000 from colon cancer at age 77.
Darryl Strawberry: Former professional baseball right fielder was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1998 at the young age of 36.
Audrey Hepburn: The British actress and humanitarian died of colon cancer in 1993.
Ronald Reagan: During his second term, the 40th president had colon cancer polyps and nearly 2 feet of intestine removed.
Sharon Osbourne: In 2003, the wife to rocker Ozzy Osbourne found out she had colon cancer. She miraculously survived the disease against a 33% survival prognosis.
Vince Lombardi: The failure to undergo a colonoscopy in early 1967 resulted in the famous football players death in 1970 from colon cancer, which could have been prevented if caught early.
Elizabeth Montgomery: After ignoring flu-like symptoms, the famous actress was re-diagnosed with colon cancer. By the time of the diagnosis the cancer had spread resulting to Elizabeth’s death in 1995, she was only 62 years old.
Sam Simon: The co-developer of The Simpsons was diagnosed with colorectal cancer after feeling ill for some time and being misdiagnosed. Had the disease been caught early, his death could have been preventable.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: In 1999, the second woman to serve on the US Supreme court was diagnosed with colon cancer while treating an unrelated infection. She underwent chemotherapy and radiation following his diagnosis.
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