Celebrities who have battled cancer

POSTED: 05:37 AM PDT Oct 15, 2013    UPDATED: 06:52 AM PDT Jun 24, 2014 

Cancer is a disease that doesn't discriminate, even when it comes to fame and fortune. Click on to see some celebrities who have battled cancer.

celebrity cancer - John Wayne
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Acting legend John Wayne, a chain-smoker since young adulthood, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1964. He underwent successful surgery to remove his entire left lung and four ribs and called on the public to get preventative exams. While he was declared cancer-free five years later, he eventually died of stomach cancer on June 11, 1979.

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