Celebrities & Skin Cancer

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Skin cancer strikes everyone and know no age boundary either—athletes, movie stars, musicians, politicians, talk show hosts, reporters, royalty and regular people alike. Here are 16 well-known people who survived skin cancer scares—and three who tragically didn't.

Entertainers

Melanie Griffith—actress—had early signs of skin cancer removed from her face.

Bob Marley—musician—died of melanoma that spread into other organs.

Ewan McGregor—actor—had several cancerous moles removed from his face.

Cybill Shepherd—actress—had melanoma removed from her back.

Elizabeth Taylor—actress—had radiation therapy to treat basal cell carcinoma on her cheek.

Politicians and First Families

President George H. Bush—was treated for a pre-cancerous lesion on his face. His son,

President George W. Bush, had four pre-cancerous lesions removed from his face, two of which could have turned into non-melanoma skin cancer if they'd been left untreated, according to the American Cancer Society. George W. Bush's wife, Laura, had a squamous cell carcinoma removed from her shin.

President Bill Clinton-—was treated for basal cell skin cancer on his back.

Senator John McCain—had a melanoma removed from his left arm. Recurrences on his left arm and temple were also removed.

President Ronald Reagan—had skin cancer removed from his nose. A recurrence was again removed. Reagan's daughter, Maureen, a political analyst, radio talk show host, commentator and author, had skin cancer that was removed but she died from tumors that spread to her brain.

Reporters and Talk Show Hosts

Anderson Cooper—news anchor-—had a cancerous mole removed under his left eye.

Sam Donaldson—news anchor—was diagnosed with melanoma when a tumor was discovered in a lymph node in his groin. Multiple melanoma lesions were removed.

Regis Philbin—talk-show host—had chemosurgery to remove skin cancer on his hand and face.

Royalty

Princess Michael of Kent—had cancer removed from her face.

Sports Celebrities

Troy Aikman—retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback—had a melanoma removed from his shoulder.

Stuart Entwistle—surfer—fought severe melanoma for 3 years and lost.

Jeff Torborg—former Major League Baseball catcher, manager and sportscaster—had a growth removed from his face.

Join Celebrities in Raising Skin Cancer Awareness

Celebrities Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum, Eva Mendes, Dita Von Teese, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen and Joss Stone are hoping to build skin cancer awareness through an ad campaign by fashion designer Marc Jacobs.

For more information and to take these celebrities' lead in learning more about preventing and detecting this potentially disfiguring and fatal disease, visit HealthKey.com's new Skin Cancer Center, The Skin Cancer Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
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