5 Indian celebrities who survived cancer and spread hope

Among the survivors of cancer are some celebrities who have helped in creating awareness in people about the prevalence of cancer and also spreading hope about overcoming it.
Here are 5 Indian celebrities who survived cancer and spread hope.
1) Yuvaraj Singh
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Yuvaraj successfully battled serinoma, which had caused tumor growth between his heart and lung.
However, he treated cancer in no different way than he treats the balls thrown at him by the bowlers. After receiving the Arjuna Award, Yuvaraj made a comeback to cricket by playing Twenty20 match against New Zealand. He has been responsible for many people seeing hope beyond the diagnosis of cancer.
2) Mumtaz

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The beloved bollywood beauty of yesteryears, Mumtaz has bravely fought and survived breast cancer of which she was diagnosed at the age of 54. She did not surrender herself to the strenuous sessions of surgery, chemo and radiation but picked herself and fought against the weight gain, fatigue and other side-effects bravely.
Mumtaz featured in the UniGlobe Entertainments documentary on cancer survival ‘1 a Minute’, with other international stars who had fought and survived cancer.
3) Anurag Basu

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Many know Anurag Basu as the talented director of ‘Barfi’, but not many know that the brave heart had fought an acute promyelocytic Leukemia (a type of blood cancer) in the year 2004, the year his first daughter Ishana was born. Doctors gave him two months to live but the verdict did not shake the strong man and after chemotherapy and medication of three years, Basu went ahead releasing critically acclaimed films that did well on Box Office too.
4) Lisa Ray

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The stunningly beautiful actress who shook the nation with the high-cut swimsuit in a commercial was diagnosed with multiple Myeloma in 2009. Lisa fought her battle and in 2010, she bravely announced to the world that she was free of the deadly disease. Apart from creating awareness, advocating cause of cancer cure, and working on her career, Lisa Ray married a management consultant Jason Dehni in California proving to the world that cancer could not intimidate her nor stop her on the tracks.
5) Manisha Koirala

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Manisha’s cancer was diagnosed after she fell unconscious in 2012 and later was admitted in a city hospital. After some tests, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She underwent surgery in the following month and battled the ailment by coming out on top. The recovery took her almost a couple of years in New York and the ‘Dil Se’ actress made a comeback to the silver screen thereafter.

National Cancer Survivors Day is celebrated on June 5. On this special occasion, we remember all the strong men and women who have suffered from this horrible disease and survived. It’s their indomitable spirit that inspires us to fight through the tragedies of life.

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